Do not pay ransom if I’m abducted, says El-Rufai’s wife


Aisha El-Rufai, wife of Nasir El-Rufai says she if she is abducted by bandits, no ransom should be paid to her abductors.
She said paying ransom to bandits will never bring an end to kidnappings.
Speaking on Wednesday while addressing participants at a peace and security training, organized for women by Equal Access International (EAI), Mrs. El-Rufai while aligning herself with the position of the governor said people should stop paying ransom to kidnappers.
The governor has been consistent on his decision against payment of ransom to bandits.
Mrs. El-Rufai said she was ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to the country.
She said Nigerians must get back their once peaceful country, noting that women have a great role to play in achieving that.
“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.
“For as long as you continue to pay ransome, 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 ransome. 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”, she said.
According to her, as long as the bandits are paid ransom, they will not change.
“Collectively as a country we have to say no, we can not continue to give them our hard earned money to buy weapons and drugs to kill and maim our children”, the governor’s wife said.
She 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”.
Also commenting on the recent communal clashes in parts of Kaduna state, the governor’s wife urged women to shun divisive narratives created by selfish politicians and work for the unity of the state.
In his remarks, the Country Director of the EAI, Mr. Maaji Peters said the training was aimed at securing Nigerian communities through creation of Civilian Security (CIVSEC ) who will make contributions and decisions on issues that affects them and their communities.


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