The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha is not done with the erection of statues in the state as he is set to unveil 10 more statues as a recognition for their selfless contributions to the development of the state, Nigeria and the African continent.
“With the statues, the people would have been inducted into the Imo Hall of Fame and have received the highest award in the state called the Imo Merits Award.”
This is coming on the heels of the unveiling of the statues of two African presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, an action that has sparked off heated debate and wide condemnation as to the necessity.
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A top Government House official said that Okorocha was set to unveil statues of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme; a former Senate President, late Evans Enwerem; and the first civilian governor of Imo State Governor, Sam Mbakwe.
According to the source, others whose statues would soon be unveiled are those of the first Nigerian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa; late sage, Obafemi Awolowo; and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The source said that of Akufo-Addo would be unveiled at a ceremony when he visits the state soon.
The government official said the idea of unveiling the statues was to celebrate leaders, who had through “selfless efforts” contributed to the development of the state, Nigeria and the African continent.