Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has asked politicians to shun the urge to play politics with security matters in the interest of the nation inorder to discourage social vices in the country.
Oshiomhole, who disclosed this a Security Management Workshop organised by the Department of State Security Services in Benin, said injecting political interest into sensitive security matters would only encourage the perpetrators to do more.
He said, “Nothing else matters when we are not safe.
“I also want to advise those of us holding political office who have cause sometimes to make public statement that we must resist the temptation of politicising security issues.
“All politicians whether of the ruling or opposition party must not join in the madness of politicising security issues.
“If we do this, we will be encouraging kidnappers and other evil-minded people. 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.
“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.”
Earlier, the Director of the State Command of Directorate of State Security, Mr. Bello Bakori, said the essence of the workshop was to sensitise the people on the need to be security conscious.