Hajiya Asia El-Rufai, wife of the Governor of Kaduna State said that, to put an end to banditry and kidnappings in Nigeria, sacrifices are necessary by citizens, as she said that no ransom should be paid if she is kidnapped.
She disclosed this, in Kaduna while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women.
Mrs. El-Rufai 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.”
“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 them the ransom and they kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she said.