“If my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven than pay any ransom” – Governor El-Rufai

 

Kaduna state Governor, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned paying of ransoms to kidnappers, stating that he’ll not pay a dime even if his son was kidnapped.

The governor during a radio interview on Friday, April 9, 2021, said he would rather pray for his son to make heaven than pay any ransom.

When asked if his administration is considering paying ransom to secure the release of the students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March, the governor replied;

“I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom.”

According to him, his government is “absolutely not paying ransom” but promised to consider other means to ensure the students are returned to their parents.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the governor said bandits must be wiped out entirely because they have lost the right to life.

El-Rufai said this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna.

“These bandits have lost their right to life under our constitution and must be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned.

“The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.

“The security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction, we are in a war with these terrorist challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state,” he said.

The governor urged security forces to collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists and restore the forest to enable citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.

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