Twitter slates Nigeria's decision to honour Zuma with statue


The South African president was also honoured with a chieftancy title, Imo State's highest award and had a street named after him.

Governor Rochas Okorocha has continued to receive criticisms over his erection of a massive statue Imo State in honour of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Social media has reacted with mixed emotions following the news that the Nigerian government unveiled a statue of President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

It is understood that the unveiling ceremony was witnessed by Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria.

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The statue, unveiled over the weekend, when President Zuma was on a visit to Imo State, aimed at boosting ties between Africa's two major economies.

The state governor also conferred on President Zuma the Imo Merit Award which is the highest award in the state conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities.

Some have questioned whether a statue should be erected honoring Zuma, who has had a controversial tenure as South Africa's president.

Okorocha's action is condemnable, said the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of more than 150 anti-corruption groups in Nigeria.

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Mr. Zuma has also battled allegations of infidelity and rape - he fathered a child with a woman who was not among his four wives and was acquitted of the rape charges.

Zuma said he was at a loss for words after receiving the title.

He spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while signing a memorandum of understanding between his foundation, The Jacobs G. Zuma Foundation, and The Rochas Foundation College System.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that Mr. Zuma must face prosecution over nearly 800 charges of corruption relating to an arms deal in the 1990s.

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"All the same, the federal government should have called Governor Okorocha to order and advise him not to celebrate corruption".