The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that the Nigerian government spends the sum of N3.5m monthly to feed incarcerated leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) 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.
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.
According to Mohammed, ”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 its a very sensitive matter but that is the situation. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria are a different kind of group.”