The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the federal government spends 3.5 million naira every month for the up keep of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
This information is coming from the minister despite the fact El-Zakzaky who was granted bail by a federal high court has been denied freedom since December 2015 and has remained in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In an online trending video, the minister was captured saying: “It costs the government about 3.5 million naira 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.