Shortly after unveiling the statue of the Liberian President in Imo state, a journalist asked Rochas Okorocha why he is building statues and this was what he had to say.
“To immortalize people so our children yet unborn can read a piece of them. History is dying in Africa. We must keep history alive. In the next 100 years to come, most of us will not be here but this will stand for children to read stories and mold their character. If leaders are not mortalized, there will not be history for children yet unborn”.
Governor, Rochas Okorocha, today unveiled the statue built in honor of visiting Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Okorocha had s on Tuesday announced that the outgoing Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will pay a visit to the State and be conferred with a chieftaincy title and have a road named after her in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri, Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said Sirleaf would during her visit deliver lecture on “Women in politics.”
“On arrival on Thursday, Mrs. Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded the African way of receiving an august visitor like her and
the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri will be expected to decorate her with a Chieftaincy title.
“Taking into account that she took over the leadership of Liberia soon after a bloody Civil War and she has been able to sustain the peace of that Country for ten years now.
“The following day being Friday, November 10, 2017, Mrs. Sirleaf will then be at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa where she will meet with the
Students and also specially interact with the Liberian Students,” he had said.
The unveiling of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Imo state is coming after online harsh criticism last month when a statue of South African president, Jacob Zuma, was also unveiled during his visit.