Federal Government Spends N3.5m A Month Feeding Shi'it Leader, El-Zakzazy - Lai Mohammed


The Nigeria Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that the federal government spends not less than N3.5 million monthly to feed a Shiite cleric leader who has been detained by government for over two years, Premium Times report.

Some times, I wonder if these so called ministers and those occupying seats in the government of APC have children at home who look up to them as role models. Lai Mohammed is unbelievable. The lie is outrageous and deafening. 

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite IMN movement has been detained 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 then by the army chief, Tukur Buratai.

The massacre has been condemned by local and international rights groups and is currently being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Although no soldier is being tried or has been prosecuted for the killings, Mr El-Zakzaky has been detained by the government since the December 2015 incident. The government also ignored a court ruling that ordered that he be released and paid compensation alongside his detained wife, Zinat.

Mr 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.

Mr Mohammed’s statement on the Shiite leader is believed to have been made on Wednesday, same day the Kaduna court denied Mr El-Zakzaky bail.



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. 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.


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