By our reporters| Hajiya Asia El-Rufai, the wife of Kaduna State governor, on Wednesday said no ransom should be paid to her abductors in the event she is kidnapped.
The Kaduna State government has a policy of not negotiating with bandits and kidnappers.
The Kaduna first lady, who is also a lecturer at Baze University Abuja stated this while addressing participants of a peace and security training organised Equal Access International (EAI) in Kaduna, said she is ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if that will bring peace to the country.
According to her, Nigerians must get back their once-peaceful country, and women have a great role to play in achieving that.
“We must sacrifice to bring this to an end and I am ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to this country, she said.
“For as long as you continue to pay ransom, 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 ransom. 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, they will hurt people around, they will not change. Collectively as a country, we have to say no. We cannot 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.”
She also told the women drawn from Chikun, Kajuru, and Jama’a local government areas, (the hotbed of communal crises in Kaduna state) to shun divisive narratives created by selfish politicians to fuel communal clashes.