Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government spends about N3.5 million every month to feed Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
Despite the bail granted to him by a federal high court, El-Zakzaky has been denied freedom since December 2015 and has remained in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a video trending online, the minister asked not to be quoted before proceeding to say that it costs the government much to feed El-Zakzaky.
“It costs the government about N3.5 million every month to feed him,” he said.
“Honestly, don’t quote me, but these are the facts.
“So please. We don’t want to inflame passion. The issue is a very sensitive matter. But that is
The leader of the Shi’ites is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and distrust ion of peace.
In recent weeks, his followers clashed with security agencies in Abuja, leading to several fatalities.
Below is the video and reactions from Nigerians.
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"N30K is enough to feed a family of 4 for a month." – Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour & Productivity
"It costs FG N3.5m to feed ElZakzaky for a month." – Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information & Culture.
These people don't value us.😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/4wJKUUr0ab
— Mr Shairman Sir🇳🇬💪🏽💨 (@abjghost) November 8, 2018