Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has rejected calls for the removal of Former South African president, Jacob Zuma’s statue.
Zuma resigned from his position as president last week after severe pressure from the ruling ANC party. Okorocha, in a statement released by his media spokesman, Sam Onwuemedo, said that the statue was erected in Zuma’s honor as a way to acknowledge the roles he had played in the fight against apartheid.
“The statue was erected when the man was a sitting president. We should also be keen in his life story. For instance, a man who didn’t receive any formal education but rose to play a major role in the freedom of his people and also became president of one of the leading African nations calls for sober reflection.
He also resigned honorably. And after his coming to Imo where he spoke against the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the situation came under control to a large extent. 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 less privileged children in Africa.”