How I plan to spend my retirement – Arase

How I plan to spend my retirement – Arase

Sunday, August 7, 2016 3:08 am




Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Former Inspector-General of ‎Police, Solomon Arase, Saturday disclosed what he plans too do with his life in retirement.


Arase who spoke to journalists in Benin 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 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.


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.


Asked if he would join politics, Arase replied “No, I do not have the temperament for politics.”


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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