Outrage As Rochas Okorocha Erects Jacob Zuma's Statue In Imo


Lanre Suraj, CSNAC's Chairman, said in a statement on Sunday the honour bestowed on Mr. Zuma would embolden the president to tell his people he is celebrated overseas.

The statue, unveiled over the weekend, when President Zuma was on a visit to Imo State, aimed at boosting ties between Africa's two major economies.

Still others questioned why the Imo State governor chose to erect a statue of a South African leader rather than a notable Nigerian.

Zuma was quoted to have made the statement in a release in Owerri, Imo State capital, by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, after receiving the Imo Merit Award and signing of Memoranda of Understanding, MoU, between Zuma Foundation and Rochas Foundation of Africa.

According to the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, IPID, in South Africa has begun investigation into the killing of Badmus, the first time an independent unit will be conducting such an investigation.

Also in the release, Zuma said no South African citizen should be killed as he called for stronger partnerships between Nigeria and South Africa. Your love for education to us is the connection between you and government and the people of Imo State.

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Governor Okorocha had asides erecting the statue, named a road after Zuma, who is now facing multiple corruption charges in South Africa.

Fani Kayode said Okorocha built a statue to honour the South African president while Nigerians are murdered by the country's security forces every day.

The South Africa President, who was bestowed with the chieftaincy title of Ochiagha (meaning warlord) by the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, attributed the woes besieging Africa to several years of colonialism.

"Though we recognize the federal government's position on not hosting President Zuma in Abuja as his visit would have questioned the anti-corruption policy of President Buhari", said Mr. Suraj.

But given the optics of honoring such a controversial leader, Okorocha may find himself facing heat from Nigerians on social media for a while to come.