Hi there! Can I have your attendance…sorry attention? I’m Ignis, and I want to engage y’all on the aforementioned subject matter. And no, this is not a Biology lesson (it was Biology right?).
Anyways, moving right on,…this post is centered around Nigerian people from Imo State, and how their Governor has been representing lately. Now, it probably is no longer news that there is a huge statue somewhere in Imo state that I hear cost over half a billion naira. The bone of contention now is not even the statue itself but why it was built…and why so much money had to be pumped into it. Well, here’s why: Mr. Rochas Okorocha is a rich man. Period. Rich men, everywhere in the world, and especially in Nigeria, are known to spend their “hard earned money” on whatever venture they so desire. Moreso, uncle Rochas runs a charity (whose activities are not quite clear, but which is a charity anyways) which has been a beneficiary of the “contribution(s)” of the very benevolent president of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, and it was absolutely necessary for him to use that much money to build such a gigantic structure to honour his contribution to his charity thus far. What better way to honour and appreciate a friend than to build him a statue several feet above the ground, as long as you have the money? Also, if you really look at Mr. Zuma, you’ll find that his own people have rejected him. Saying all sorts of bad things about him when all he really wanted to do was drag them backwards. The only statue that was built in the man’s memory in his own hometown was nothing short of a caricature…hence, the need to find solace in the extravagant spendthrift that is Rochas Okorocha. Oh, I hear a street was also named after him, and of course, he was given a title. Very commendable action if you ask me…I mean considering the fact that there are some people in Imo state that feed from hand to mouth,… others who have mediocre sources of income, the next step as a responsible governor is to erect a statue.
I’m curious though….as to what exactly that statue symbolises, because trust me, I do not know. Also, does it really make that much sense to build a statue that costly considering the fact that another governor might pull it down and see how much more important and less embarrassing projects can be achieved. But then, what’s my business? I’m only saying this because I’m not a rich man, or rich man’s son. Probably my dad would do something of that nature too maybe? But I guess we’d never know because there isn’t that kind of money in the account, at least not that I know of. Ehen, I also wanted to ask,… Ermmm…this statue, how is it going to generate more revenue for Imo state? Is it that I have to pay to look at it? As in like a tourist attraction? And also, I hope Chief Jacob Zuma was given a permanent residence and citizenship of Imo state too? I think it would make sense though, because that way, he can contest the gubernatorial seat, win it, and then erect a statue of Mr. Rochas Okorocha in return of the favour. No, seriously, that would be genius. It’s Nigeria after all. I’m actually expecting to hear that a football stadium or a road in Jacob Zuma’s hometown has been named after Rochas Okorocha,…otherwise I’d be quite pissed because it’d be unfair not to return such a magnanimous favour, for something that was undefined and no one can tell exactly what it was you did to merit it. Anyway, if I go on and on about this roach, I’ll probably be hunted down because it’s a hit at an executive citizen of Nigeria, so I’ll stop.
In other news, who’s heard about Zimbabwe’s new WhatsApp policy? The one where you have to be a graduate of a certain University to be group admin??
Written by Mayowa Akinyemi