So, Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha decided to be silly over the weekend. This is a man, who according to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state is owing workers and pensioners salaries and arrears running into several months.
The governor, who apparently has nothing important to think about decided the next big thing Imo needs is a gigantic statue of South African President Jacob Zuma.
A man, who is currently facing various corruption allegations in his home country, and who has done next to nothing to bring an end to the repeated xenophobic killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
But Okorocha’s madness did not start today. In 2015, a billboard, captioned, “Behold the new faces of change” was erected in the state showing him shaking former U.S. President, Barack Obama, with President Muhammadu Buhari in the background. Though he denied sanctioning the billboard’s erection, the deed had been done. And the billboard was not pulled down, hence, making the denial irrelevant.
The Imo governor needs to take some governance lessons from his Lagos counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode. If Okorocha needs to be erecting any statue at all, it should be of people like the late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dim Odumegwu Ojuwku, Chinua Achebe, etc., and not Jacob Zuma. Ambode just unveiled the statue of music icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti weeks after that of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
One cannot but imagine the huge effect this unnecessary venture has on the state coffers. We will not be surprised if the governor releases a statement, saying the statue was erected by the Rochas Okorocha Foundation without any funds from the state.
In the YNaija Effectiveness Ranking for Governors this week, Okorocha is the worst.
See the top ten below.
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See full ranking here.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.