Minister Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that it costs the Nigerian governments N3.5 million naira a month to feed Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as Shiite.
Lai Mohammed made the statement which has gone viral on social media on Wednesday, following the decision of the Kaduna court to deny the IMN leader bail.
The IMN leader and his wife have been in detention after they were arrested in Zaria, in December 2015. They were first arraigned on May 15, 2018 and charged over alleged murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among others.
They have subsequently been denied bail severally while El-Zakzaky’s followers have continuously been having violent clashes with the security operatives, especially the Nigerian army.
After a bail application was entered again in court yesterday and was denied, the minister of Information was to have addressed some journalists where he informed them that El-Zakzaky was kept in a safe place.
He however added that it costs the Nigerian government a whopping sum of N3.5 million naira a month to feed the IMN leader who is in detention.
According to the minister, “the issue of whether, where he is, let’s keep it off record. He is in a residence and eating; I mean, it costs the government N3.5 million naira every month to feed him.”
“I asked. We don’t want to inflame passion. Islamic Movement in Nigeria are a different kettle of fish.”
Below is the video and reactions from Nigerians.
— AdForumCo (@AdForumCo) November 8, 2018
Lai Mohammed really knows how to take the piss! How would he say El-zakzaky meals cost N3.5million a month? Is he the prime minister of prisoners? Does his daily diet include exotic imported Ostriches, Gorrillas, Zebras & Giraffes? Lying to Lai Mohammed is now an extreme sport pic.twitter.com/YbmC3yvf7Z
— Matthew Ottah™ (@MatthewOttah) November 8, 2018
Buhari: Osinbade any update?
PYO: Lai Mohammed has distracted them. They've stopped talking about your WAEC forgery pic.twitter.com/rsJvLGVufO
— Lérd Chigbo ā (@itschigbo) November 8, 2018
"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
You guys should be more worried that Elzakzaky is eating food worth N3.5m per Month as Lai Mohammed has just revealed.
I now understand why Buhari refuse to release him. A man who can eat that much is a threat to a country where 87 million are poor. Gluttony is a crime.Sai Baba
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) November 8, 2018
"It costs the Nigerian government N3.5m per month to feed ElZakzaky." – Lai Mohammed.
Lai Mohammed did it again…….
Is ElZakzaky being fed with raw gold? pic.twitter.com/RMAgfbRoRS
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) November 8, 2018