Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Saturday unveiled a statue in honour of South African President Jacob Zuma.
The event was witnessed by Mr. Zuma and other dignitaries.
Asides the mammoth statue, Governor Rochas also named a road after Mr. Zuma.
Sequel to the unveiling of the statue, Mr. Zuma was on Friday conferred with a traditional title of Ochiagha Imo, by Eze Imo, Samuel Ohiri.
The title certificate was issued by a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Okorocha said the honour was conferred on Mr. Zuma for his love for education.
“Today, we have decided to honour you for your love for education, though you were deprived in your early days in life but you are working to make sure that every poor child went to School. Your love for education to us is the connection between you and government and the people of Imo State. The only industry we have and we can truly be proud of is education in Imo State. This is another reason why we have chosen to honour you”, he said.
Mr. Zuma who spoke after receiving the award charged Africans to come together to address the issues that affect the continent, adding that we are one people.
“Africans must come together to address African problems. We are the same people. We cannot succeed if we handle problems as individuals. We need to recognize that we are one.”
The award comes a few days after another Nigerian, Jelili Omoyele, a 35-year-old, was killed in South Africa.
The recent development has created diverse reactions on social media as many have registered their grievances.
Read reactions here:
How worse can it get?
Despite owing workers, Gov. Rochas spent 520M to erect statue of South African president Jacob Zuma in Owerri
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) October 15, 2017
Gov Rochas just erected a humongous statue of Jacob Zuma in Imo.
What next?? Name a Stadium or Airport after Robert Mugabe?? pic.twitter.com/LoET7JrakR
— PRESIDENT OKONKWO (@IkechuQwu) October 15, 2017
I hereby congratulate ndi Imo home and abroad for this landmark achievement by Gov Rochas Joker Okorowonder pic.twitter.com/h0FcqT8SSY
— IKECHUKWU (@iykimo) October 14, 2017
South African social media platforms have been laughing at us for hours. Rochas Okorocha has disgraced ALL Nigerians not just Imo state pic.twitter.com/NoulrI2WGm
— Prof Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) October 14, 2017
When people in Lagos & abroad praise Rochas, man, I get so disgusted. Have you seen Imo State? Like real life, not what the media shows you
— Agunwanyi. (@obuteaku1) October 15, 2017
Rochas is owing my aunty, a retired Principal, pension for more than 13 months yet he has money to erect a statue for Zuma. What a man. https://t.co/K7ke1SWIvi
— The Papi (@TheTawah_) October 15, 2017
First, Rochas made a huge billboard where he had a handshake with Obama.
Now, he has made a giant statue of Zuma
Rochas in one word..FOOL!
— Miz Cazorla (@MizCazorla1) October 15, 2017
Rochas Okorocha should have just stayed a benevolent billionaire. A statue for Jacob Zuma is the height of insanity at a time like this.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) October 15, 2017
Rochas is owing salary. Used millions 2 honour Jacob Zuma that's hated in S/A & dat turned a blind eye to Xenophobia pic.twitter.com/Lz4jgNUz2i
— Jèfé Juan José (@Jefe_says) October 15, 2017