Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says he erects statues of African leaders to preserve history which is “dying in Africa”.
Okorocha said this in Owerri, Imo capital, shortly after unveiling the statue of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, on Friday.
He described the first female president in Africa as a pride to the continent.
“I erect statue to immortalise people so that children yet unborn can know about them. History is dying in Africa, we must keep it alive,” he said.
“In the next 100 years, most of us would not be alive but this will stand for children to see. If leaders are not immortalised, there will be no history for children.”
On her part, Sirleaf said the honour meant so much to her. She thanked Okorocha, saying the gesture would go a long way to inspire women and girls.