By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A wife to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Mrs. Asia El-Rufai, says she prefers to die than allow ransom to be paid for her release in the event of being abducted.
Asia, one of the governor’s wives, made the startling declaration while addressing participants at a peace and security training yesterday, put together for women by the Equal Access International (EAI).
Speaking further, she called for women to be given greater roles in ensuring that Nigerians got back their once peaceful country.
Her statement strikes a similar cord with her husband’s stand that the panacea to kidnapping is to stop payment of ransom to bandits.
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“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 ransom, it is like you are adding kerosene to fire. It is giving bandits and 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 (sic) and if I am going to be released that I am not violated.
“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,”, she said.