I Would Rather Die Than Pay a Ransom – Asia El Rufai

Asia El Rufai, wife to the Kaduna state governor has publicly said she’ll rather preferred to die than pay ransom to kidnappers.

It is normal for wives to follow the lead of their husbands; this shows supportiveness and encourages the husbands more in any of their endeavours.

Asia El Rufai, one of the wives of controversial governor, Nasir El Rufai, has expressed her willingness to sacrifice her self, if the need be, for the restoration of peace in Kaduna. She stated she would rather die than pay a ransom to any kidnapper.

Mrs El-Rufai made the assertion in Kaduna on Wednesday while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organised for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI).

She said: “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 a 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 a 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.

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“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 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.

“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.

If the wife of the governor is ready to lay down her life for the issue of kidnapping, it tells how serious the issue. We all probably should not compromise on the idea of not giving ransom to kidnappers .

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