‘The Govt Should Arrest Me Too’ – Says Amaechi After Lai Mohammed Says It Costs N3.5 million To Feed El-Zakzaky Monthly [OPEN]

‘The Govt Should Arrest Me Too’ – Says Amaechi After Lai Mohammed Says It Costs N3.5 million To Feed El-Zakzaky Monthly

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has sparked reactions across social media after a video in which he told journalists how much it costs the Federal Government to feed Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shi’ites) monthly, went viral online.

In the video, the minister said the government spends as much as N3.5 million a month to feed detained leader every month.

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El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after members of his religious group had a clash with men of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state.


El-Zakzaky was initially held for about two years alongside his wife, Zinat, without trial. After much public outcry, he was charged before a Kaduna court for alleged conspiracy and abating culpable homicide.

According to Premium Times, the minister’s statement on the Shiite leader may have been made on Wednesday, same day the Kaduna court denied Mr El-Zakzaky bail.

It was confirmed that Mr. Mohammed did make the claim but had told journalists he was speaking off the record.

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“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 at that point interjected by the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, who jokingly mocked the figures saying “then you people need to take me in o.”

Mr Mohammed, then defended the figure he announced, saying “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.

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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.

Watch the video below:

See some reactions by Nigerians below:


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