Hajia Asia El-Rufai, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has said that no ransom should be paid to her abductors if she is kidnapped.
She said that Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping.
The Governor’s wife who was the guest of honour at a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI), in Kaduna on Wednesday made the remarks while addressing the participants.
She said that, Nigerians must get back their once peaceful country and women have a great role to play in achieving that.
Mrs El-Rufai who emphasized that ransom should not be paid if she is kidnapped, added that, we must sacrifice to bring this to an end. She said she is ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to this country.
In her words:
“For as long as you continue to pay ransome, it is like you are adding kerosene to fire. you are giving bandits, kidnappers money for ammunition to continue to haunt you. We should not pay ransome. this is my personal opinion.”
“I have said it before and I will say it again, if I am kidnapped don’t pay any ransom. rather pray for me that if it is death, I go in a good way and if I am going to be released that I am not violated.”
“As long as we are giving them the money and they hurt people around, they will not change. Collectively as a country we have to say no, we can not continue to give them our hard earned money to buy weapons and drugs to kill and maim our children.”
“If we don’t put a stop to this, they will destroy us all. They will even kidnap the person that takes the ransom to them.”
“You will see that some of them you even give the ransom and they still kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she said.