Emmanuel Thomas l Wednesday, October 18, 2017
LAGOS, Nigeria – The unveiling of the statue of South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma in Owerri, by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has continued to generate reactions both within and outiside.
For many Nigerians, there is simply no rationale for putting up statue of a South African leader in Nigeria who has contributed nothing to the development of Nigeria and Imo State in particular, more especially coming at a time when Nigerians have become object of hatred and attacks in South Africa.
From South Africa, it has been a potpourri of condemnation and tongue lashing of the Nigerian government and Okorocha in particular, who is alleged to be owing three months salaries. The South Africans who are nonplused about the development took to the social media to vent their anger.
Papiki Noko Mphalaborwa reacted this way, “That is an awesome strategy by Nigeria to unveil the showerhead statue. They want a free pass to import drugs and illegal people into our country”, he said. For Klass Happy Marobola “Even top criminials respect Zuma for his crooked way”, while Charles Ernest Doller, said “too many drugs killing our south Africans and shame on Zuma for his honour with this corruption 782 or maybe more during 2017”, he said.
Lisa Shosha, tasked Nigeria to fo ahead and make Zuma a permanent resident: “Can they take him and make him a permanent resident?”, she said, while Phiri James Gordon said Nigeria has just honoured a likeminded oerson : “The most corrupt country in the world honours one of their own”, he said. Antonella Di Cicco simply cautioned Nigeria: “Stop wasting your money on Nonsence and feed your people”, she said.
Dudley wells said: “Isn’t that the state where all the drug dealers come from? They are honoring him for protecting the trade”, while Leon Barries Bernard said, “Why don’t they just take Zuma , we will donate him to Nigeria with a years supply of pap en vleis”.
Ehiscuttie Craig set the matter straight this way, “he was not honoured by Nigeria, he was honoured by a state known for drugs dealings all over the world”, but Muzi Nsibande said “the most corrupt president in the African continent is honoured with a bronze statue in one of Africa’s most corrupt country, Nigeria”, he said.