Following the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma as the President of South Africa , owing to corruption allegations , the Imo State government says the statue it erected in honour of the embattled ex-President will not be pulled down.
Okorocha had in October hosted Zuma in Owerri , where his statue was unveiled; a chieftaincy title was conferred on him and a major road was named after him .
But , reacting to calls by some persons for the statue to be removed after his resignation , a statement on Friday by the governor ’ s Chief Press Secretary , Mr. Sam Onwuemeudo , said Zuma , who he said did not receive any formal education , rose to play a major role in the freedom of the people of South Africa .
“ Zuma came to Imo to partner Rochas Foundation College for Africa . He didn’ t come for politics. And even after his departure as President , he would still go ahead to make his contributions to the education of the underprivileged children in Africa .”
The Publicity Secretary of The Labour Party in Imo State, Uchechukwu Echerecho , urged the state government to pull down the statue with immediate effect .
He said, “It is the greatest joke of the century that Jacob Zuma ’s statue is still standing . The Imo State government should pull it down with immediate effect . South Africans have rejected Jacob Zuma so it is wrong for him to be accepted in Nigeria , especially in Imo State. ”