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Zuma Statue: Imo State, Nigerians question its validation

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Jacob Zuma, The South African President, on Friday, 13th October 2017, was in Imo State on what was described as a two day working visit.

Dignitaries visiting each other is not news, as it often is the visible sign of bilateral cooperation, and friendliness between partaking countries, or states.

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Zuma made Imo chief

However,  Jacob Zuma’s visit to Imo state is the unveiling of a statue in his honour by the Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha on Friday.

Okorocha, has come under a lot of criticism in the past few days, not just for hosting the South African President, but for the statue (many regard as ‘giant’) of Jacob Zuma that was unveiled in Imo State.

The conferment of a Chieftaincy title and Imo State’s highest award, Ímo Merit Award, on President Zuma also raised brows, and in some cases, voices around the city of Owerri during the past few days.

It isn’t unusual for traditional titles to be given to popular or iconic figures, however the people seem at a loss as to how Zuma has directly influenced anything in the average Nigerian, and Imo state citizens in particular.

Also the reported cost of the statue caused quite a stir, as social media circles report that a whooping 1.5 million US dollars( approximately 450M naira) was spent to get and erect the statue.

In a state where many are being owed salaries for months, it was deemed unfair of the Government, to erect a statue at that cost.

The Governor said that Jacob Zuma’s love for education was the reason for his honor by the Imo State Government and people.

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Zuma visits Imo

On Tuesday, The United Labour Congress (ULC), through its President, Mr Ajaero Joe, condemned the erection of the statue, in honor of President Zuma, and asked that the Governor apologize for embarrassing the state, and enjoined  the citizens to march to the legislature and demand the statue be taken down.

Mr Ajaero Joe said, “He is not Shehu Shagari, Sam Mbakwe, Awolowo or Zik of Africa; neither is he any of those patriots from Imo State or other parts of Nigeria who are well-deserving of such honor and who have not been honoured.

“He definitely does not deserve a statue in Imo State talk less of naming a street after him.”

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India Unveils World’s Tallest Statue, “Statue Of Unity”

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India unveils the world’s tallest statue named the “Statue of Unity.”

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was one of the country’s independence leaders has been unveiled. The “Statue of Unity,” located in India is 182 meters tall, making it the tallest statue in the world. The Indian president, Narendra Modi officially unveils the statue at an event attended by more than 5,000 police officers.

The president describes the statue as ‘an answer to all those who question the existence of India,’ saying that “the height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this.”

According to reports, the bronze-clad statue cost $430 million to build. The statue also houses a memorial garden and a museum at its base.

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Kanye West Is Taking A Break From Politics

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American rapper Kanye West is now breaking from political talk, saying he was used as a pawn and that his “eyes are now wide open.”

The rapper who once referred to the President of the United States as his brother takes to his Twitter page with a series of tweets declaring that his eyes are now wide open. On Tuesday, 30th October, Kanye West wrote a series of tweets breaking himself from President Trump’s beliefs.

He writes:

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

Kanye who had earlier said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat made him feel like a superhero, also declaring “I love this guy” has said he is done being a messenger of beliefs that doesn’t appeal to him personally.

He also writes:

“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.

“I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.

“I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”

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Abuja Violence: Wuse 2 Witness Senseless Killings

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Abuja suddenly becomes unsafe as senseless killings are becoming the order of the day.

Gunshots are reportedly been fired in the Federal Capital territory again. This time, Wuse 2, also in Abuja is the location as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clash with authorities. The shots are not being fired by the Nigerian Army this time around; the security agency behind the fired shots is the Nigeria Police Force.

Members of the Islamic Movement classified as the Shiites were fired at Zuba and on Monday, shots were fired at these same sects at Nyanya – by the Nigerian Army after claims that the movement aimed at stealing ammunitions and attacked the soldiers. Even though, the public claim that the movement was unarmed peaceful protesters.

Social media users, once again share videos from the scene of the shootings in Wuse 2 warning people to stay off the area.

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