- Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has replied critics asking him what would become of the statue of South African ex-president Jacob Zuma erected in the state
- Okorocha stated that the statue will not be pulled down because it was erected when Zuma was president
- Nigerians began to ask questions about the fate of the statue after Zuma resigned as South Africa's president on Wednesday, February 14
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Friday, February 16, said the state will not pull down the statue of former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, who resigned on Wednesday, February 14, following corruption allegation, The Nation reports.
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NAIJ.com gathered that Okorocha disclosed this in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
He said: “On the Jacob Zuma’s statue in Owerri and the resignation of the man few days ago as president of South Africa, the statue will not be pulled down. The statue was erected when the man was a sitting president. We should also be keen in his life story.
"For instance, a man who didn’t receive any formal education but rose to play a major role in the freedom of his people and also became president of one of the leading African nations calls for sober reflection.
"He also resigned honorably. And after his coming to Imo where he spoke against the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the situation came under control to a large extent. Zuma came to Imo to partner Rochas Foundation College for Africa. He didn’t come for politics. And even after his departure as president, he would still go ahead to make his contributions to the education of the less privileged children in Africa
"And whatever Okorocha has done in Imo, he has done so for the good of the people. Okorocha’s achievements in Imo are unequalled, and have exceeded the achievements of all those before him put together. This has continued to be our usual claim and nobody has challenged us on this claim including ex-governors of the state still alive. Our achievements will speak for us in 2019. Our achievements will be our electoral talisman in 2019.
“Imo people have seen our monumental achievements and have also read criticisms against us. But seeing they say, is believing and not reading.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha came under severe criticism for erecting a statue in honour of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, Imo state capital.
The governor unveiled the statue in the presence of the South African president and other dignitaries in a ceremony.
It was alleged that the statue costs N520 million to construct; although, this was not confirmed by the state government.
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