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.”
According to Lai Mohammed theory, if it takes 3.5m naira To feed El zakzaky per month, How much would it cost to feed President Buhari in the same period of time?
(3.5 million Minutes) pic.twitter.com/LWLzNJ8tqb
— Eyitayo 👑 (@SOJ_TY) November 8, 2018
A possible breakdown of Zazzaky's DAILY consumption going by Lai Mohammed's claim that it cost the govt 120K daily to feed him.
One Big Ram
One Bag of Rice
5 crates of eggs
5 Loaves of Bread
10 Bottle water
3 Mudu of Garri
1 Mudu of Sugar
4 Tins of Milk & Milo
— Kwankwasiyya 🔴 (@dadiyata) 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
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.
See video below:
Lai Mohammed opened the mouth to say the government spends 3.5 million monthly to feed El-Zakzaky. pic.twitter.com/VlWLcSNzkM
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) November 8, 2018