The wife of Kaduna Governor, Hajia Asia El-Rufai has stated that no ransom should be paid when she is kidnapped.
On Wednesday, June 9, Asia told participants at a peace and security training for Kaduna women organized by Equal Access International (EAI) that Nigerians must make sacrifices to end banditry and kidnapping.
She has also stated that she is willing to die at the hands of kidnappers if it means bringing peace to the country. The governor’s wife of Kaduna state stated:
“We must sacrifice to bring this to an end. I am ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to this country.
“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.”
In response to communal clashes in Kaduna State, Hajia Asia El-Rufai urged women from Chikun, Kajuru, and Jama’a local government areas to reject divisive narratives created by selfish politicians and work for the State’s unity.