Twitter slates Nigeria's decision to honour Zuma with statue
President Zuma was awarded the highest honour during a visit to Nigeria’s Imo State at the weekend. A street has also been named after him.
JOHANNESBURG – Social media has reacted with mixed emotions following the news that the Nigerian government unveiled a statue of President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.
Zuma was awarded the highest honour during a visit to Nigeria’s Imo State at the weekend. A street has also been named after him.
However, the professionals' group says the statue is not beneficial to Nigerians and the money could have been used for something else.
The group’s Adetunuji Omotolo says: “We don’t even have a statue of Nelson Mandela, we don’t have a statue of Barack Obama, we don’t have a statue of Martin Luther King, all the great black icons.
“We don’t have them anywhere in Nigeria and now we have the statue of president Zuma. It’s not the best PR exercise, if you ask me.”
If you think building Jacob Zuma's statue was outrageous, wait until Gov. Okorocha unveils the statue next to Zuma. It may be Nkiru Slyvanus pic.twitter.com/8KLwpKZukp— Dr. Njakiri Damages (@DrDamages) October 15, 2017
South Africa to Zuma: You are terribly corrupt Jacob Zuma. You need to go!— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) October 15, 2017
Nigeria to Zuma: I knew there was something special about you😍🔥♥️ pic.twitter.com/qhvhq1vmtz
A statue of Jacob Zuma was unveiled in Nigeria. I never thought Nigeria is such a clueless country. pic.twitter.com/Fja90tp1YG— Rudolf Sebyeng 🇿🇦 (@iAmKingducer) October 15, 2017
Nigerians are murdered by South African security forces every day yet the clown in Imo state builds a statue in honor of Pres. Zuma.— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 15, 2017
Igbos are murdered by Nigerian security forces every day yet that same clown in Imo state continues worship @MBuhari.
Slavery is a curse!
- Jacob Zuma doesnt have a statue in SA— #9jaWitches 👻🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) October 15, 2017
- Our past hero’s dont have a statue in SA
Rochas, Jacob Zuma, D statue & D road, y’all are mad 😠 pic.twitter.com/72cLXIuxOP
The state governor also conferred on President Zuma the Imo Merit Award which is the highest award in the state conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities.
President Zuma held discussions with DRC President Joseph Kabila Kabange on Sunday on the issues of peace and security.
He visited the country as the chairperson of SADC to assist the government and the people of the DRC to achieve sustainable peace, security and stability.