Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has urged politicians to desist from making statements that were likely to compromise security in the country.
Speaking at a Security Management Workshop organised by the Department of State Security Services in Benin City, the governor said playing politics with sensitive security matters would only encourage the perpetrators to do more.
“Nothing else matters when we are not safe. I also want to advice those of us holding political office that have cause sometimes to make public statement that we must resist the temptation of politicizing security issues. All politicians, whether of the ruling or opposition party, must not join in the madness of politicizing security issues," he said.
“If we do this, we will be encouraging kidnappers and other evil-minded people. We must resist the temptation and trust that the security agencies know what to do. Even where we have information, it is better we share it in private with the security agencies so that all of us can be on the same page,” he said.
The governor urged senior officials of government to educate people on basic security issues.
“These people who are into violent crimes and terrorism do not live in the moon. They live with us. Sometimes they interact with us without knowing what their intentions are. As we all get more and more security conscious, we know what to watch out for whenever we find ourselves in public places”
He thanked the Department of State Security Services for the initiative and expressed hope that at the end of the exercise, the participants would have comprehended basic tips on security.
The Director of the State Command of Directorate of State Security, Bello Bakori, said the workshop was to sensitize the people on the need to be security conscious.
- CAJ News