In spite of the national outrage that greeted the unveiling of a multi-million naira statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is set to unveil the statue of another African president.
It was gathered that Okorocha’s latest statue, a monument of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, is scheduled to be unveiled on November 9.
The statue and two others, including that of Zuma are occupying a pride of place at Freedom Square on Wetheral Road in the Imo Capital.
Zuma’s 30-feet statue was said to have cost a whopping N520 million.
Okorocha displayed Johnson-Sirleaf statue on his twitter handle: @GovernorRochas, saying that the Liberian leader would be honoured during her visit to Imo on Nov. 9.
“The Liberia President, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is set to arrive our dear Imo State for a two-day working visit on Thursday, 9 Nov. 2017,” Okorocha said in a tweet.
Governor Okorocha had on October 15, unveiled Zuma’s gold-cast monument, drawing intense criticism from critics nationwide.
The critics accused the governor of spending huge money on `meaningless projects in a state that had not been able to pay workers and pensioners as and when due’.
They also wondered what Zuma has done for Imo State or Nigeria to merit such honour.
Some even noted that despite the role the country played to bring the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end, Nigerians were being killed in the country on a regular basis and Zuma had done nothing to check that.