By Chidiebere Iwuoha
Reactions have continued to trail the erection of the statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
This time from the honourable A member representing Aboh Mbaise State constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, Mike Iheanetu, and the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Marcelinus Ekwezuo, have criticised the erection of the statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Iheanetu, who described the action of Governor Rochas Okorocha as absolute nonsense, said certain things were not worth wasting time on, such as erection of Zuma’s statue, conferment of chieftaincy title on him and naming of a road in the heart of the state capital, were several important things begging for attention in the state.
However, Ekwezuo, said the move by Governor Okorocha was aimed at re-engineering the socio-political and economic relations of the people of South Africa and Nigeria, especially Igbo people who are many in the former apartheid enclave.
According to him, the honour done to President Zuma would instil the spirit of brotherhood, togetherness, oneness in him which would be imbibed by his countrymen and make them exercise restraint whenever dealing with Nigerians in South Africa.