The wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajiya Asia El-Rufai, has said she is ready to die at the hands of kidnappers if that will bring peace to the country.
Naija News reports that she stated this while addressing participants of a peace and security training organized Equal Access International (EAI) in Kaduna.
The governor’s wife, who is also a lecturer at Baze University, Abuja, said no ransom should be paid to her abductors if she is kidnapped.
She stated that women have a great role to play in achieving a peaceful Nigeria.
Asia El-Rufai said: “We must sacrifice to bring this to an end and 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, they will 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.”