Nigeria Honors South African President With a Statue, and Everyone is Wondering Why
President Jacob Zuma had a statue erected in his honor, and a street named after him for some reason.
Last week Saturday, South African president Jacob Zuma visited Nigeria to "strengthen socio-economic relations and deepen cooperation in education" between the two countries.
While visiting Nigeria's Imo State, Zuma was honored with giant bronze statue of him. Most people (from both South Africa and Nigeria), who expressed their views on Twitter, aren't so sure why the gift was necessary.
A bronze statue of President Jacob Zuma unveiled and a road named after President Zuma as part of the honour by the Imo State in Nigeria pic.twitter.com/wSKrjg4w55
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) 15 October 2017
But it didn't stop there, as Nigeria further honored Zuma by naming a street after him and governor of the Imo State, Mr Owelle Okorocha bestowed on Zuma the Imo Merit Award.
The Imo Merit Award honors distinguished personalities who develop their communities.
Everyone is wondering why.
In Nigeria they have a Statue of Jacob Zuma. WTF why would you honor this guy??? Why pic.twitter.com/S7nkSuVhwx
— Khathide (@Njabulokubheka8) 15 October 2017
Just when you thought you've seen it all, you see a Nigerian Governor erecting a statue for Jacob Zuma while owing his state workers salary.
— Josh I (@sire_liljosh) 15 October 2017
Rochas Okorocha should have just stayed a benevolent billionaire. A statue for Jacob Zuma is the height of insanity at a time like this.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) 15 October 2017
Abdulsalam: make you naa read oh
"Gov Rochas Okorocha just erected a statue of Jacob Zuma in Imo state"
OBJ & Shonekan: pic.twitter.com/druNTorhBZ
— Mr.┏̲O̶̲̅┓̲P ┏̲A̶̲̅┓ (@ogbeni_opa) 15 October 2017
Teacher: Define Stupidity?
Me: Rochas Okorocha spent 520m on South Africa's president; Jacob Zuma's statue in Imo State, Nigeria
— Made In Ibadan (@UrbanCulture06) 15 October 2017
Nigeria guild: Zuma statue of no benefit to Nigerians https://t.co/iXWfOzeVWspic.twitter.com/V0pgH1oxoc
— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) 16 October 2017
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) 15 October 2017
Nigerians have criticised their government for bestowing Pres Zuma with numerous honours – including a bronze statue https://t.co/TSATBlCqGx
— Mail & Guardian (@mailandguardian) 16 October 2017