Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, said he will not pull down the statue of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, who resigned in the heat of corruption allegation.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. 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.”
Earlier today, some concerned Nigerians on social media have questioned Okorocha on what will become of Zuma’s statue erected in his state since Zuma has been thrown out of office.
Some have accused Okorocha of being as corrupt as Zuma while others urged him to take down the statue.
Here are some comments:
@idreesyomi “Now that Jacob Zuma has Resigned as the president of South Africa, someone should be please remind governor Rochas Okorocha to take down the president statue. Thank you.
@yemifash ” Now that Jacob Zuma has resigned has the President of South Africa what will happen to his statue in Imo State? Okorocha may be planning to give him an appointment in Imo, abi how you see am?
@jjeffphilips “Governor Rochas Okorocha’s Zuma statue has also decided to resign following Zuma’s resignation in SA
@alouibrahim ” I wonder what Gov Okorocha will do to the statue of Former President Zumba of South Africa. @olisa “Gov Rochas Okorocha should somehow feel ashamed the President of a country he erected a statue for resigned over corruption allegations.
@AnnTommy ” Jacob Zuma of South Africa resign, Rochas Okorocha’s hero, a man the whole world knew as being deeply corrupt. Now his gone will Okorocha pull down the statute and replace with the new president or he’ll just mold the new one beside it. #statutegovernor
@sirdaveson ” Now that Jacob Zuma has resigned as SA President, can Rochas Okorocha of Imo see how stupid he was for that useless statue.
@Yima ” I wonder how your MCM (Rochas Okorocha) feels now that his exemplary friend, Jacob Zuma has resigned as President on corruption charges, after building a huge stature and naming a street by his name in his state.