The South African Cabinet has congratulated President Jacob Zuma for being respected with a statue in Nigeria, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Thursday.
“Bureau praises President Zuma on being respected with a statue and a road being named after him in Nigeria, amid his working visit to fortify financial relations and different collaborations,” Kubayi said refreshing the media following a Cabinet meeting hung on Wednesday.
“The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha gave on President Zuma the Imo Merit Award, the most astounding honor in the State presented on the individuals who have had any kind of effect in the improvement of their groups.”
Zuma was also bestowed with an honorary title during his two-day visit to Nigeria.
The Zuma bronze statue, reported to have cost around R20 million, has caused an uproar, particularly amongst trade unions and civic society in Nigeria.
Nigerian trade union, the United Labour Congress (ULC) reportedly condemned Okorocha’s actions, saying they were insensitive to the plight of Nigerians living in South Africa.
“ULC urges the people of Imo state and indeed join other patriotic Nigerians who feel outraged over this very unpatriotic and treacherous act to immediately demand that Okorocha pulls down the infamous statue. As long as that statue stands, it remains a standing disgrace and shame to the perfidy which Rocha’s government has become to Imo state and indeed the whole of Nigeria,” the union was quoted as saying.
“Once again the ULC demands that Okorocha removes the ignominious name of Zuma from the streets of Owerri and the ignoble statue dismantled immediately to avoid our mobilising against it and pulling it down ourselves.”
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