No going back on ‘no ransom, no negotiation’ policy, says Governor El- Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that his administration will not bow to the blackmails from kidnapers in the state to abandon it “no ransom, no negotiation” policy.

According to him, the kidnappers had resorted to killing as part of their efforts to compel his government to ditch it policy.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye,  on Tuesday, El-Rufai said the fact that criminals seek to hold the state by the jugular does not mean it should surrender and create an incentive for more crime.

He also lampooned those alluding to the statement he made in 2014 where he called on the former President Goodluck Jonathan to use all options, including negotiation, to rescue the Chibok girls, adding that the incident had proven that the solution to violent crimes was a robust response from the state and its coercive agencies

The statement titled, ‘Surrender to criminals is not an option, reads in part, “We regret the recent kidnaps and killings of students from tertiary institutions in our state, and we sympathise with their families with whom we share the aim of the safe return of all the students

“In today’s Nigeria, it has become fashionable to treat the unlawful demands of bandits as worthy of consideration and to lampoon people who insist that outlaws should be crushed and not mollycoddled or availed the resources they can use to unleash further outrages.

Some commentators are sharing a video clip of a 2014 interview in which Malam Nasir El-Rufai called on the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to use all options, including negotiation, to rescue the Chibok girls.

“Nigeria’s journey since the tragedy has proven that the solution to violent crimes, including terrorism and banditry, is a robust response from the state and its coercive agencies. The quantum of money paid as ransom following many negotiations with bandits have not stopped kidnappings, reduced their frequency or deterred the criminals.”


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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