Okorocha Announces Plans To Unveil Over $1.5m Statue Of President Sirleaf

By Ifeanyi Omokwe/Nigeria|

Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor has announced plans to unveil a statue in honour of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.

Okorocha made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the Liberian leader is expected to arrive Imo State on a two-day working visit from Thursday, November

Her statue is at Freedom Square on Wetheral Road in Owerri, the state capital.

This is coming about three weeks after the governor erected a statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Zuma’s 30-feet statue was said to have cost N520 million or over $1.5 million.

Rather than welcome the gesture, Nigerians lashed out at the governor for honouring Zuma who is facing over 700 cases of corruption in his country.

However, in the heat of the attacks, Okorocha revealed he would erect more statues in 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,” he had said in a statement issued on his behalf by his chief press secretary Sam Onwuemeodo.

“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.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.