Pius Adesanmi, Other Nigerians Slam Imo State Governor For Honoring Zuma

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

Aside from the rumoured extravagant cost of erecting the monument-which comes at a time of extreme economic hardship, and likewise, the reported unpaid salaries of Imo State workers, the logic behind Governor Rochas' immortalization of the embattled South African leader, eludes the bulk of Nigerians.

President Zuma was awarded the highest honour during a visit to Nigeria's Imo State at the weekend.

Just five days ago, two Nigerians were shot dead and another seriously injured between Saturday and Tuesday of last week in South Africa.

"Is the APC governor not aware that South Africans are marching on the streets to demand "Zuma Must Go" over his corrupt practices?"

As well as the statue, Zuma was given a chiefaincy title and had a road named after him.

Okorocha's action is condemnable, said the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of more than 150 anti-corruption groups in Nigeria. Your love for education to us is the connection between you and government and the people of Imo State.

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The honor to the former South African president was done in appreciation of his selfless service to mankind.

OWERRI-The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, yesterday, warned that no Nigerian citizen should be killed in any part of his country.

According to the release by Imo government, "President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has said that a South African must not kill a Nigerian and a Nigerian must not kill a South African, adding that the relationship between both countries should be stronger than any other for the sake of the continent".

Rochas Okorocha revealed earlier that Zuma would also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rochas Okorocha Foundation and Zuma Foundation during the visit. "What Nigeria says you must note determines the lots of many".

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.

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