Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has said he will not pay a ransom for him even if he is abducted by bandits.
Governor El-Rufai said this in a radio chat on Friday in Kaduna to emphasise his government’s policy of not negotiating with bandits.
The governor has insisted that his administration will not negotiate with or pay ransom to bandits, stating that governments at all levels should only apply force in dealing with bandits and other violent criminals.
Speaking on the radio programme in Hausa on Friday, he stated that he had warned his family members to be careful to avoid being abducted, saying he had informed them that he will not pay a ransom if any of them is kidnapped.
“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,” he said.
On measures taken by his government to secure the release of the students kidnapped from 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”.
His comments come just as he faces pressure from the parents of the students, other concerned persons and groups to negotiate with the bandits for the release of the students.