The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has weighed in on the recent claim by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that the sum of N3.5 million is expended every month on the feeding of the incarcerated leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Newsworth recalls that a video recently surfaced showing Mohammed as telling reporters off record that it costs the federal government that much to feed El-Zakzaky per month.
“The issue of whether, where he (El-Zakzaky) is, at least, let’s keep it off record, that he is in a residence and you know eating. It costs the government about N3.5 million every month to feed him,” Mohammed had said in a video that broke the internet.
Reacting while hosting the management of a media outfit in Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai stated that Mohammed’s claim was right but lacked details on how the money was being spent.
He stated that the money was not just on the feeding of the Shi’ite leader but on everything related to his protective custody.
El-Rufai said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS operatives who live in the place he is being kept and who are maintained by the state government.
He said: “The N3.5 million monthly feeding on El-Zakzaky is not only about his food, but other expenses on security men attached to him. The security men are permanently stationed with him, they surrounded where he is kept.
“He is in custody because he is facing murder charge which is not bailable, among other charges.
“As a government, we decided to proscribe Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, of which El-Zakzaky is the president because it is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC. So any procession in the name of IMN is illegal, as far as Kaduna State government is concerned.”