During the Mass before unveiling the statue, presiding bishop Augustine Tochukwu Okwuoma said it would be a “very great symbol of faith” for Catholic worshipers and passers-by alike.
“It will remind them of the importance of Jesus Christ,” said Okwuoma.
The construction of the statue which is tagged “Jesus de Greatest,” started in 2013 and it was well carved and finished with white marble. Although the cost of the statue has not been revealed, Onuoha is happy and fulfilled that he eventually actualized his dream of many years ago.
This large Nigerian monument may be among the largest statues in Africa if not the largest, however it is dwarfed by the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue of Jesus that stands atop Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. “Christ the Redeemer” was built in the 1920s and constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone. It stands at 98 feet tall and weighs 600 tons.
An even larger statue of Jesus was built in Poland in 2010. That statue, known as “Pomnik Chrystusa Króla,” or Monument of Christ the King, stands 108 feet tall and bears a massive gold crown.
The tallest known Jesus statue in the U.S. is the 52-foot-high “Lux Mundi,” or “Light of the World,” structure at Solid Rock Church, a non denominational church near Monroe, Ohio. Built of steel and polymer and completed in 2012, it replaced a previous statue of Jesus that was struck by lightning and destroyed in 2010.
With these statues of Jesus Christ established in different countries, one would say that Christians also value statues and moments as much as other religious groups in the world.