Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Nigerian Twitter Bashes Okorocha Over Jacob Zuma Statue

Nigerian Twitter Bashes Okorocha Over Jacob Zuma Statue

South Africa's President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has called for unity among African states, noting that this would enable the continent to rub shoulders with its peers.

Aside from the rumoured extravagant cost of erecting the monument-which comes at a time of extreme economic hardship, and likewise, the reported unpaid salaries of Imo State workers, the logic behind Governor Rochas' immortalization of the embattled South African leader, eludes the bulk of Nigerians.

Zuma was awarded the highest honour during a visit to Nigeria's Imo State at the weekend.

He also bagged the chieftaincy title "Ochiagha" (Warlord) while in Owerri.

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNC), a coalition of more than 150 anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, condemned state governor Rochas Okorocha for portraying Mr Zuma as a "hero before a group of African youth" when he has been dogged by corruption allegations for a decade.

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Their angst? President Jacob Zuma is now being dogged by a litany of allegations of corruption. "That is why in our era, we have a government that will begin to make economic laws, because if the economic power is not there, there is very little you can do for the poor and the oppressed".

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

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".

The governor said poverty nearly denied him education.

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. "It's not the best PR exercise, if you ask me".

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