Nigeria state erects Jacob Zuma statue, road named after SA leader

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

Nonetheless, 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.

Still others questioned why the Imo State governor chose to erect a statue of a South African leader rather than a notable Nigerian.

BBCA state government in Nigeria has honoured South Africa's President Jacob Zuma with a giant bronze statue, and by naming a road after him.

Just five days ago, two Nigerians were shot dead and another seriously injured between Saturday and Tuesday of last week in South Africa.

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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"Is Governor Okorocha not aware that Mr. Zuma has also been indicted for allowing an Indian family to influence the appointment of his cabinet members?"

The honor to the former South African president was done in appreciation of his selfless service to mankind.

Fani Kayode said Okorocha built a statue to honour the South African president while Nigerians are murdered by the country's security forces every day.

It wondered whether by so doing Okorocha was celebrating corruption, since "Zuma has been found guilty of corruption by courts in South Africa and has been ordered to refund the $500,000.00 stolen from the public treasury to expand his private house to accommodate his many wives".

Rochas Okorocha revealed earlier that Zuma would also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rochas Okorocha Foundation and Zuma Foundation during the visit. "This is another reason why we have chosen to honour you", he said.

"We are not surprised that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was on hand to welcome and celebrate his friend, President Zuma".

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