At a point when the Federal Government of Nigeria is having issues accepting to pay N30,000 minimum wage to Nigerian workers, the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed claims the detained leader of Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Mr. Ibrahim El- Zakzaky is consuming N3.5 million monthly.
At N3.5 million monthly, it would mean the government spends about N116,000 daily to feed El-Zakzaky.
In a video which has now gone viral on social media, Mr. Lai Mohammed claimed that the information which he sourced “from relevant people to arrive at his information” is factual.
Here is the transcription of the video;
“The issue of whether, where he (Mr El-Zakzaky) is, at least let’s keep it off record, that he is in a residence and you know eating at the…
“It costs the government about N3.5 million every month to feed him,” Mr Mohammed said.
The information minister was interrupted by the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, sitting beside him, jokingly mocked the figures saying “then you people need to take me in o.”
Mr Mohammed, defending the figure he announced, said “Honestly, don’t quote me, but these are the facts.”
At this point Mr Amaechi joked further that he “can take N500,000” monthly to be held in prison by the government.
Mr Mohammed then briefly explained that he “asked” from relevant people to arrive at his information.
“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,” he said.
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite group (IMN) has been in detention since December 2015 after soldiers clamped down on his supporters killing at least 347 of them. The army accused them of blocking a public road being used by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai.