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I Don’t Have Temperament for Politics, says Arase


Former Inspector-General of ‎Police, Solomon Arase, over the weekend
in Benin, disclosed that he can never be a politician because he does
not have the temperament for politics. Rather, he said he wanted to be
known henceforth as a writer, teacher and philanthropist.
“No, I do not have the temperament for politics. I can never be a
politician”, he said when asked whether he would go into politics now
that he is retired.
Arase who spoke to journalists shortly after a reception held for him
by his people, disclosed that he would like to spend the rest of his
life doing humanitarian work, writing books and teaching as his own
contribution to the society.
He described life after active service as “very relaxing,” adding that
he would touch the lives of the less privileged in his community.
“I am an academic; I will write books, I will rest and do humanity
work. I want to spend the rest of my life touching the less privileged
people within my community.I will not go into politics.
“I will sit down to write some books, develop protocol for security
sector reforms and, if I have an opportunity to teach, I like
teaching; I like talking. I will do humanitarian work”, he said.
Commenting on the country’s security challenges, the former IGP who
described the process of addressing the situation as a “marathon” and
not a “sprint,” acknowledged that Federal Government was “on course,”
with its current efforts.
“It is a gradual thing. It is not a sprint; it is a marathon. When you
want to deal with security situations, it is a gradual thing and I
think we are on course in the country.
“I have been a policeman for 35 years. I will always remain a
policeman and anything that I will do to enhance the policing culture,
you know I will always do that‎,” he said, just as he promised to give
his support for the police in order to advance peace and security
across the country.
He expressed appreciation for the support he received during his time
as IGP, saying “I am humbled; I am grateful that my people have found
me worthy to be so honoured in this way. That is why I said in my
speech that I will continue to do everything that is edifying of a
Benin man.”

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