I Prefer To Die Than To Pay Ransom To Kidnappers — Governor el-Rufai’s Wife

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    The wife of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, Aisha says she would select to die than for a ransom to be paid to kidnappers if abducted.

    There has been streaks of abductions across the nation in recent years, with abductors demanding ransom culminating into millions of naira.

    Aisha, speaking on Wednesday while addressing participants at a peace and security training organised for women by Equal Access International (EAI), said she backed personally the stance of the Kaduna state government on not paying ransom to kidnappers.

    Governor el-Rufai has insisted that his government will not pay ransom to bandits, because such actions promote more criminal activities.

    His wife (Aisha) , said she is willing to die in the hands of kidnappers, if it will bring peace to Nigeria.

    She implored Nigerians to support efforts to redeem peace in the country, adding that women have a great role to play in accomplishing the goal.

    “We must sacrifice to bring this (kidnapping) to an end. 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.”

    According to Mrs el-Rufai, as long as abductors are paid ransom, they are not going to 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,” the governor’s wife said.

    “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.”

    Speaking on the recent communal clashes in parts of Kaduna state, the governor’s wife urged women to ignore divisive narratives created by selfish politicians, and instead work for the unity of the state.

    In his own remarks, Maaji Peters, country director of the EAI, said the training was targeted at securing Nigerian communities through the formation of civilian security (CIVSEC), who will make contributions and decisions on challenges that affects them and their communities.

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