The claim by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that government spends about N3.5million monthly to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-zakzaky, on Thursday drew derision from leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other Nigerian commentators.
Mr. El-Zakzaky who has has been in detention since 2015 was again on Wednesday denied bail by a court in Kaduna.
In a video which has gone viral and also reported by PREMIUM TIMES earlier Thursday, Mr Mohammed while making the claim told journalists he was speaking off record.
“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. Honestly, don’t quote me, but these are the facts”, the minister said in the video.
Reacting to this claim, Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator, said if the president could spend such amount on Mr El-zakzaky, minimum wage of N30,000 should not be a problem.
“If President @MBuhari can afford N3.5 million per month to feed Ibrahim El Zakzaky, then I don’t see why he can’t find afford N30,000 per month to pay the new minimum wage. Or should Nigerian workers join Zakzaky in detention so they can feed at N116,000 a day too?”, he tweeted.
Also, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, wrote on his Twitter handle, “N3.5 million a month is N116,000 a day. Where did @MBuhari find this monumental LIAR from? They should change his title to Minister of misinformation and national disorientation.”
“How can President @MBuhari feed only one man, Ibrahim El Zakzaky, with N3.5 million and expect a worker with a wife and children to feed his family with N18,000 per month? This is an insult to Nigerian workers. I wonder how much Buhari is feeding Dasuki with!”
Other Nigerians also commented on Twitter.
“Lai Mohammed will start a statement with “Honestly” and end it with a Lie that will shock the Devil”, @ UmehOMA wrote.
@daddyata wrote: “A possible breakdown of Zazzaky’s DAILY consumption going by Lai Mohammed’s claim that it cost the govt 120K daily to feed him.
One Big Ram
One Bag of Rice
5 crates of eggs
5 Loaves of Bread
10 Bottle water
3 Mudu of Garri
1 Mudu of Sugar
4 Tins of Milk & Milo
@Igala_king wrote :”N30K is enough to feed a family of 4 for a month.” – Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour & Productivity
It costs FG N3.5m to feed ElZakzaky for a month.” – Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information & Culture.
These people don’t rate us.”
@PhilipsSunday wrote: “Lai Mohammed’s claim means Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is eating “gold, diamond and silver spiced with lion, elephant and whale” to be able to consume a whopping N3.5m monthly.”
@adaezemonique wrote : “FG Spends N3.5m Monthly To Feed Ibrahim El- Zakzaky” – Lai Mohammed. That means El-Zakzaky eats N112,903 meal a day. The facial expression the Devil gives whenever Lai Mohammed opens his mouth to talk.”
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The Kebbi State Government on Sunday confirmed one death from six cases of Lassa Fever in the state.
Dr Assad Hassan, Epidemiologist at the state Ministry of Heath, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi, that the cases were recorded between February and April.
Hassan told NAN that four of the victims were from Birnin Kebbi; while the remaining two were from Bunza Local Governmment Area (LGA) of the state.
“The persons confirmed to be infected with the disease are between 23 to 65 years, and they include four males and two females,’’ he said.
According to him, one of the female patients was the one that died within hours of arrival at the Federal Medical Centre in Birnin Kebbi.
He said the blood sample taken from the deceased tested positive to Lassa fever.
“The medical doctor that attended to the deceased was also infected with the fever but has been treated and discharged from hospital,’’ he added.
Hassan further explained that the last confirmed case was on April 27; and refuted reports that two children had died last week as a result of the fever.
“In response to the outbreak, there has been continuous sensitisation of health care workers on Lassa Fever detection and infection, prevention and control measures within the hospital setting.
“Similarly, advocacy, social mobilisation and community engagement has been carried out in all the 21 LGAs of the state,’’ Hassan said.
The epidemiologist also advised communities to keep food and drinking water in rodent-proof containers and to also bring sick family members to the hospital early enough for treatment. (NAN)
Court sentences kidnapper Evans’ 2 Gang Members to 41 years in prison
Two former members of billionaire kidnapper, Evans’ gang have been sentenced to 41 years imprisonment by court.
During an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State on Monday, witnessed Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi for the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo in August 3, 2012.
The convicts were members of the kidnapping gang headed by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans. They were arraigned in 2013 alongside three others: Uche Igbani, 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu, 33 and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi, on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.
Ugoje and another staff, Piriye Gogo were kidnapped by the gang who and were later taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans.
Miss Ugoje narrated the entire ordeal before the court including how she almost got raped and how she was saved by the police patrol she saw and flagged after the three men took away Jude while holding rifles.
Jude also testified in court, he said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they accepted N5m.
Justice Taiwo after listening to the testifiers convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three; Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were discharged and acquitted by court.
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