Uproar over Okorocha’s statue of Jacob Zuma in Imo

Nigerians are lambasting Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for unveiling a statue in honour of South African President Jacob Zuma and naming a road after him in the state capital, Owerri.

This is not going down well with Nigerians as the question on the lips of everyone is, why on earth Governor Okorocha would go up to that extent because there is no justification for his reckless act.

encomium.ng sampled the opinions of Nigerians:

Emeka Nnajiofor
What is the importance of the erection of Zuma’s statue? Okorocha has to explain to the world. Is it not the same Jacob Zuma who has been discredited in his native South Africa? His kinsmen wants him tried for corruption and Okorocha is celebrating him more.

Esther Lawal
I strongly believe that Okorocha and Zuma are birds of same feathers. What a shame! There are state projects lying there undone, and all our dear governor can think of is building the statue of someone who has not impacted us in any way.

Michael Okpara
That’s another trick to embezzle money. By the time they finish doing it now, they will say its N60 billion they used to erect the statue. Meanwhile, what has Jacob Zuma done for his people in South Africa? Not to talk of Nigeria, or Imo state itself. Okorocha is not in his right senses, he doesn’t know the next thing to do.

Mr. Bernard
This is one of the carelessness of some of our governors. This spate of impunity must be checked. Okorocha is just been frivolous because he enjoys immunity, somebody should call him to order.

Wale Gbadebo
This is not the time for trivialities like erecting a statue of a South African who has all the apparatus to protect Nigerians in South Africa which he heads but failed to do that. This is executive rascality on the part of Rochas Okorocha.

Grace Nnamdi
I think maybe Okorocha shared out of the money Zuma stole. He is not even in Nigeria or in Imo state. It showed thoughtless of him, he doesn’t even have good advisers in his cabinet, he is just wasting our resources. Maybe the money is just too much.

Gbolaga Morayo
What he did is wrong, though am not from Imo state but I once served in the state. I mean there are some dilapidated structures that needed to be rebuilt and put in good shape, roads need to be done. He shouldn’t have gone that extent of setting up a statue of a stranger and naming a road after him. That’s arrant nonsense.

Mrs. Ndubuisi
Why would Okorocha be promoting a corrupt leader? A man held for corruption in South Africa, that his country is demanding for his quick removal. I am not in anyway pleased with Okorocha’s action, he needs a second thought.

Margaret Johnson
I have still not come to terms with why Okorocha unveiled a huge statue of President Zuma in Imo state. I don’t think its ordinary. There is more to it than meet the eyes. Something is definitely behind it, they should apprehend and interrogate him. He need to disclose where he coughed out such an amount. He is a rogue!

Philips Obasi
He played host to President Zuma, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo was even there to receive him. Watch them, they are all corrupt leaders, celebrating corruption in the broad day light. Is this how the APC-led government wish to fight corruption? Okorocha should be indicted.


  1. Celebrating corruption in the broad day light! Mtscheew!

  2. When people are dying of hunger, bad roads everywhere, refusal to pay workers.. GOD HAVE MERCY

  3. This is to show how shallow our so called leaders are in this country.
    Nigerians, most especially the Igbos are being killed in SA, Jacob Zuma never condemned those killings and yet, this clown of a governor is erecting statue, naming a road in his honor. It's sad 😔. P.S..btw, he's currently facing corruption charges in his country o.

  4. He should be dethroned period


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