Okorocha, Zuma And The N520m Statue
"Is Governor Okorocha not aware that Mr. Zuma has been found guilty of corruption by the courts in South Africa and has been ordered to refund the $500,000 stolen from the public treasury to expand his private house to accommodate his many wives?
"Did South Africans complain about a lack of space within Johannesburg's city centre and Cape Town to erect a statue of JZ?
"Why should Nigeria be the centre of ridicule for the rest of the continent when he and Okorocha could have erected the statue close to his expanded private house?
"Who really wants to remember JZ?"
These questions were asked by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption and some angry Nigerians on Sunday.
The president of the non-governmental organization, Olanrewaju Suraju also described the 2-day visit as an embarrassment to the people of South Africa and Nigeria who are being made to endure an era of impunity and oozing corruption on both sides.
Governor Rochas Okocha of Imo state may have just broken the camel's back.
First it was erecting a billboard of himself shaking hands with former US President, Barrack Obama; now he has gone a step further by unveiling a N520 million statue of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma.
In addition, to the unveiling of Zuma's statue, the state governor also conferred on Zuma a chieftaincy title, named a street after him and he received the Imo Merit Award.
The question on everyone's lips is simple - What exactly has Jacob Zuma done in Imo State to deserve this kind of recognition?
In a state where the workers of the civil service have not been paid for 22 months, the state governor decided to embark on a 'project' that has no direct impact on the lives of the people.
The award comes a few days after another Nigerian, Jelili Omoyele, a 35-year-old, was allegedly killed by police officers in South Africa.
The recent development has created diverse reactions on social media as many have registered their grievances.
A quick break down shows how that sum could have been spent on the people.
1. Paying outstanding salaries and pension arrears to serving and retired civil servants
'2. Provision of improved medical facilities at public health centres in Owerri and neighbouring communities to end Maternal Mortality Rates.
3. Create better access roads within local council areas to aid the transportation of agricultural produce from farms to markets.
4. Pay more attention to facilities within secondary schools and the Imo state university to improve standard of learning.
5. And in case he has no idea of what to do with the sum; he could have bought rice, groundnut oil and fish to orphans especially Internally Displace People.
Read reactions here:
Only if Imolites will organise a protest against #zumastatue, Rochas is the most irresponsible governor in Nigeria— Snazzy Labels (@Snazzylabels) October 16, 2017
First it was erecting a big billboard of his picture with Obama, now is #zumastatue, let's wait till he unveils the next statue near Zuma— Snazzy Labels (@Snazzylabels) October 16, 2017
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) October 15, 2017
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