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

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

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

"We as a forum are not against our governments at all levels to recognised or immotarlised other African leaders but the said Jacob Zuma does not have the moral standard to received such honour".

Zuma is now on a two-day working visit to Imo, where he has been conferred with chieftaincy title - Ochiagha di oha mma of Igbo land - and also given the Imo Merit Award - the highest honour in the state, with a street named after him.

The South African government said Mr. Zuma would be in Owerri, the Imo State capital, to "strengthen socio-economic relations and further deepen existing cooperation in the field of education".

A renowned Nigerian professor and columnist, Pius Adesanmi, and other Nigerians have criticized Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha for honoring South African President Jacob Zuma.

Some have questioned whether a statue should be erected honoring Zuma, who has had a controversial tenure as South Africa's president.

"A South African must not kill a Nigerian and a Nigerian must also not kill a South African", he said.

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"We demand the reversal of the honour within one week or we will be forced to mobilise our members to Imo State to short down the economic activities of the state", the statement added.

Zuma also noted that the African continent might remain underdeveloped if sound and qualitative education were denied the youth.

Nigerian civil society groups were flabbergasted after waking up to a statue of South African President Jacob Zuma that was unveiled over the weekend.

Mr. Zuma has also battled allegations of infidelity and rape - he fathered a child with a woman who was not among his four wives and was acquitted of the rape charges.

The visit happened just as South Africa's Supreme Court ruled that President Zuma should face corruption charges.

According to Punch, Okorocha had revealed earlier that the South African president will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between his Zuma Foundation and Okorocha's Rochas Okorocha Foundation. "It's not the best PR exercise, if you ask me".

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