Hajiya Asia El-Rufai, wife of Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has said she should rather be allowed to die in the hands of kidnappers if she is being kidnapped, rather than pay any ransom to her abductors.
TrillerTunes reports that the politician’s wife stated this while addressing participants of a peace and security training organized by Equal Access International (EAI) in Kaduna.
According to her, she is ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if that will restore peace to the nation. Hajiya Asia who is also a lecturer at Baze University, Abuja, insists that no government should release ransom kidnappers, noting that doing so only empower and encourages the criminal groups to continue to attack innocent souls.
She stated that women have a great role to play in achieving a peaceful Nigeria.
“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,” Asia El-Rufai stated.
She added: “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.”