Owerri, Nigeria: Governor Rochas Okorocha Of Imo State has erected a statue in honour of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, Imo state capital sparking strong debate. The governor unveiled the statue in the presence of the South African president and other dignitaries in a ceremony in Owerri. Okorocha named a road in Owerri after the South Africa President and honoured him with a chieftaincy title. Governor okorocha also conferred on President Zuma, the Imo Merit Award, the highest award in the State conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities and to humanity.
It was alleged that the statue costs N520 million to construct although this has not been verified or confirmed by the state government.
Zuma is on a two day visit to Owerri, Imo State, South East Nigeria. The visit of President Zuma, according to Imo State government, is for the signing of an MoU between Rochas Foundation and the Zuma Foundation. with former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo was also in attendance.
South African President; Jacob Zuma, was pleasantly surprised as he received a live portrait painting of his image (dressed in Igbo attire) from the National speaker of Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN); Rt.Hon. Samuel Godstime Chukwubuikem who made the painting within 1 hour 26mins at the Heroes Villa, Ikemba Ojukwu centre, Owerri.
Gov. Rochas okorocha who was overjoyed by the creative work of art created by Artist Godstime said: “My political son; Godstime, You are in no doubt Imo State Youths Ambassador, I am so proud of you”.
The south African ambassador to Nigeria was immediately directed by President Jacob Zuma to effect Rt.Hon. Godstime’s visit to south Africa for some engagements.
Nigerians took to the ether and most of the reactions was negative to say the least:
HungerBAD: Huh? I am a die hard okorocha supporter, but this is stupid. Just plain stupid.
GameGod: Can those pigz & idioot in d southeast who re agitating for Biafra now see clearly dat ur supposed called “Leaders/Elites” re ur major problem? Just recently, an igbo-man was killed in South Africa for no just cause: yet, can u just c wat ur Leaders ve just done? Anyway, I wasn’t suprise, in igbo land, they give titles anyhow to even goats and fowls.
discusant: As if you didn’t know that okorocha who arranged for the chieftaincy title is not a Biafran.
okorocha’s any move, even in governing Imo state, is geared towards becoming accepted as future president of Nigeria.
He governs only his state capital, building fancy things in the state capital where they can be easily seen so as to make people see him as presidential material.
afroniger: I can’t believe rochas just did this nonsense eye service, inspite of the unjustified and continued extrajudicial cold-blooded murder of Nigerians in that racist country. I won’t be surprised if rochas didn’t even raise the issue with zuma. Rochas sabi to fall hand. embarassed
Acjohn: ppl are Almost stoning Zuma in SA, xenophobia all over under his nose, news of Police brutalising Nigerians in the Media becoming more popular than Buhari, but Zuma is celebrated as Mandela in Imo. if you want claps for okorocha like, but if you want slap for okorocha share.
mansakhalifa: I want somebody to suggest how best to topple that goddamned statue. First,it is a waste of scarce state funds and secondly,it stands in mockery of those whose blood have been shed in Zuma’s country these past few months.
braimeddy: I can see that Imo state is very rich and the governor is not owing any of the staff salary. That’s why he’s looking for where to spend the cash. Pls okorocha, can u give Borno state some of those cash u re wasting? Cos they need it more than ur state. Thank you
ngeneukwuewuGOAT: This shows that okorocha is a very useless and wicked leader. He killed a little boy in IMO for his ritual purposes and denies ever doing. Even ordinary condolences he could not send to the parents. But here we are spending millions of scarce naira to immortalize an outsider.
bestview: What many outsiders do not know is that it will be so easy for Shettima from Bornu state to win a landslide presidential election in the southeast than that sodomic one-legged limping failed clown called okorocha winning 1/100th of Igbo land. He will be shocked to the marrow the day he shall declare to run. We are waiting. cheesy
eziokwubundunuwa: Traditional rulers gave Chieftaincy not okorocha. Imo honoured Zuma by induction into Imo hall of fame where his statue stands among that of many African leaders.
AreaFada2: This country is a real theatre of the absurd. Anything goes. I have never heard okorocha make a public announcement on the killing of Nigerians, many of whom are Igbo, in South Africa. Zuma is far too controversial. His corruption scandals are just too many. What a pity.