Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government should pay workers the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage.

The lawmaker was reacting to a viral video in which the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government spends N3.5 million monthly to feed the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.

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The minister, who was giving an update on the whereabouts and safety of the Shi’ites leader and his wife, made this comment while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

In a post on his Twitter handle, Murray-Bruce noted that if the federal government can spend such money on the feeding on the Shiites leader, he should be able to pay workers new minimum wage.

He wrote: “If President Buhari can afford ₦3.5 million per month to feed Ibrahim El Zakzaky, then I don’t see why he can’t find afford ₦30,000 per month to pay the new minimum wage.

“Or should Nigerian workers join Zakzaky in detention so they can feed at ₦116,000 a day too?”