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Nigerians have take to the social media to react angrily at statement made by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed that federal government spends N3.5m monthly to feed leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. This utterance had spurred mostly angry reaction from Nigerians who criticized the Federal government of having to go against court rule to free him rather spend so much on the Shiite leader when majority of Nigerians are suffering.

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: “It costs the government about N3.5 million every month to feed him.

“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 situation. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria are a different kettle of fish.”

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 multiple fatalities.

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