The Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has insisted he will never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap his son.
He made the vow on Friday, during a radio chat in Kaduna to underscore his government’s policy of not negotiating with bandits.
According to El Rufai, he has warned his family members to be careful to avoid being abducted, saying he also told them he would never pay a ransom for their freedom, should any of them get into the hands of bandits.
He said- “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.”
When asked what his government was doing to secure the release of the students kidnapped at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March, the governor said the government would keep exploring other ways to get them back to their families but stressed that the government is “absolutely not paying ransom,” adding that the state government will keep exploring those other means until the students are released.
Governor El-Rufai has consistently argued that paying ransom to bandits is a way of encouraging them to kidnap more people.
He also spoke in retrenchment of local government workers.
He said- “It is an exercise that is necessary. We have made it clear that any persons working with a certificate below a diploma should not be part of our civil service, except junior workers who are essential workers.”