Hajiya Asia El-Rufai, one of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state’s wives, has stated that if she is kidnapped, she would rather die than pay a ransom to kidnappers.
Mrs. El-Rufai associated herself with the view of the governor, who has always stated that no ransom should be given to bandits, when speaking to participants at a peace and security programme hosted for women by Equal Access International (EAI) on Wednesday.
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Mrs. El-Rufai believes that the best way to halt kidnapping is to cease paying ransom.
She stated that she was willing to die in the hands of kidnappers in exchange for the country’s peace.
She stated that Nigerians must reclaim their formerly peaceful country, emphasising that women play an important part in this process.
“We must make sacrifices to put an end to this (kidnapping).” If it means bringing peace to my country, I am willing to die at the hands of kidnappers.
“As long as you keep paying ransom, you’re just adding kerosene to the fire. You’re providing money to robbers and kidnappers so they can continue to stalk you.
“Ransom should not be paid. This is just my opinion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I’m kidnapped, don’t pay a ransom; instead, pray for me that if I’m killed, I die peacefully, and if I’m released, I’m not violated,” she said.
According to her, the bandits will not change unless they are paid a ransom.
“As a country, we must collectively say no; we cannot continue to give them our hard-earned money to buy guns and narcotics that will kill and maim our children,” the governor’s wife added.
“If we don’t stop them, they’ll ruin us all,” Mrs. El-Rufai added. They’ll even kidnap the individual who delivers the ransom.
“You’ll see that some of them accept the ransom and still kill the person, so you’ve already lost twice.”
The governor’s wife also spoke out about recent communal confrontations in parts of Kaduna state, urging women to reject divisive narratives manufactured by greedy politicians and work for the state’s unity.
Mr. Maaji Peters, the EAI’s Country Director, said the training was targeted at securing Nigerian communities by forming Civilian Security (CIVSEC) groups that will contribute and make choices on issues that concern them and their communities.
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