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Ransom Should not be Paid on Me if I’m Kidnapped- El-Rufai’s Wife

The wife of the Governor of Kaduna State, Hajia Hamiza El-Rufai says she is willing to die at the hands of Kidnappers if that will help bring peace to Nigeria.

She was addressing participants of Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI), on Wednesday when she made these comments in her speech.

She noted that Nigerians must learn to make sacrifices if banditry and kidnapping is to be curtailed.

Mrs. El-Rufai who emphasized 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 you even give the ransom and they still kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she said.

Since kidnapping started in Nigeria years ago, no governor or governor’s wife, past or present, have ever been kidnapped. Neither have their children been kidnapped.

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