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I’m Ready To Die In Kidnappers’ Den Without Paying Ransom – Governor El-Rufai’s Wife

Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Asia El-Rufai, on Wednesday stated that she is ready to die in the hands of kidnappers and no ransom should be paid to her abductors if she is kidnapped.

She made this declaration in Kaduna while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI), emphasizing that, Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping.

“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.

“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.

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“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 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.

“You will see that some of them you even give the ransom and they still kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she concluded.

Addressing the communal clashes witnessed in parts of Kaduna State, Hajia Asia El-Rufai told the women drawn from Chikun, Kajuru and Jama’a local government areas to shun divisive narratives created by selfish politicians and work for the unity of the State.

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