Nigerians React To Lai Mohammed Saying FG Feeds El Zakzaky With N3.5m Monthly

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Nigerians have taken to social media to react to a comment by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that the Federal Government spends N3.5million monthly to feed incarcerated leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Mohammed made the disclosure on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “Please the issue of where El-Zakzaky is should be kept off the record. It cost the Federal Government about N3.5 million every month to feed him, this is a fact.

“We don’t want to inflame passion because it’s a very sensitive matter but that is the situation. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria are a different kind of group.”

But many Nigerians queried why the Federal Government would spend such humongous amount on a single individual’s feeding when a new N30,000 minimum wage for workers was still enmeshed in controversy.

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