Wife of Kaduna State governor, Hajia Asia El-Rufai, has said no ransom should be paid to secure her release if perchance she is kidnapped.
Addressing participants of a peace and security training organized for Kaduna State women by Equal Access International (EAI) on Wednesday, Hajia El-Rufai, who was Guest of Honor at the event, said Nigerians should know that sacrifice was needed to end banditry and kidnapping in the country.
She said: “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.”
Mrs. El-Rufai said Nigerians must claim back their once peaceful country, maintaining that women have a great role to play in achieving a peaceful and united nation.
Also, the EAI’s Country Director, Mr. Maaji Peters, said the training was aimed at securing Nigerian communities through creation of civilian security, who will make contributions and decisions on issues that affects them and their communities.