Wife of Kaduna state Governor, Hajiya Asia el-Rufai, has urged Nigerians to be ready to make sacrifices to end banditry and kidnapping, even as she instructed that nobody should pay ransom to her abductors if she is kidnapped.
The governor’s wife made the remarks in Kaduna on Wednesday while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI).
Speaking on communal clashes witnessed in parts of Kaduna state, Hajiya 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.
The training according to the EAI’s Country Director, Mr. Maaji Peters, was aimed at securing Nigerian communities through creation of Civilian Security, (CIVSEC) who will make contributions and decisions on issues that affect them and their communities.
Governor el-Rufai’s wife, who was the guest of honour at the event, said Nigerians must get back their once peaceful country and women have a great role to play in achieving that.
Mrs el-Rufai who emphasised that ransom should not be paid if she is kidnapped, added that, “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.
“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 can not 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 even give them the ransom and they kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she said.
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