The minister Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed that Nigerian government spends N3.5 million monthly to feed Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The Shiite leader and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in Zaria, in December 2015 after military crackdown that left hundreds of Shiite followers dead.
Mr El-Zakzaky was first arraigned on May 15, 2018 and charged alleged murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among others, and was denied bail many times.
But in a viral video, Mr Mohammed said on Wednesday that Mr El-Zakzaky was kept in a safe place, adding that it costs the Nigerian government a whopping sum of N3.5 million monthly to feed him.
“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.”