Unrepentant Nigerian governor plans to unveil another statue
By Ehi Ekhator
An unrepentant Nigerian governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha is ready to unveil another statue of the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf three weeks after he faced massive criticism over the erection of the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.
The governor who seems to be adamant and inattentive to the people desire is expected to receive Sirleaf for a two day working visit to the South-Eastern state.
It was reported that Zuma’s statue cost the governor over N520 million and it is unclear at the moment how much the new statue of the female President’s statue cost.
Okorocha had earlier informed the people of his plan to erect another statue during his earlier criticism.
Defending his action, Okorocha through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo had said the statue was necessary to attract good things including investment to the state.
“And in case these “Galatians” do not know not all we need to do to attract good things or investments to Imo is erecting statues, then, we have no option than to erect as many of such structures as possible,”
“We owe no one apology. Rochas made a promise to open the doors of Imo to the rest of the world, for good and he is doing that and we cannot be deterred by these enemies of our people.” Onwuemeodo said.
Sirleaf’s statue is erected at Freedom Square on Wetheral Road in Owerri, close to where Zuma’s statue is located.
The first female President is expected to arrive Imo State, today the 9th of November.
Okorocha tweeted her planned arrival on Tuesday, the 7th of November.