Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, has spoken against the payment of ransom to kidnappers.
The governor said he won’t do so even if his own son is kidnapped, saying he would pray for his release instead.
El-rufai, who spoke during a radio interview on Friday, added that his administration is not considering paying ransom to secure the release of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that some unknown gunmen abducted the students of the Forestry college in March.
“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.
El-rufai who yesterday said bandits have lost the right to life said that he is “absolutely not paying ransom” to secure the student’s release.
He said, “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.
“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.”