Nigeria says no to AU passport, but erects massive Zuma statue

2017-10-17 13:29 - Gabi Zietsman
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(Twitter / @PresidencyZA)

(Twitter / @PresidencyZA)

Cape Town - While Nigeria denied claims that it would start visa-on-arrival for African residents, they decided to rather erect a massive statue of South African President Jacob Zuma.

On Friday the African Union's Political Affairs office tweeted the "Nigeria announced decision to commence issuance of visa on arrival to all Africans at just concluded AU PRC Retreat, in Addis " and that it is a "welcome push for the agenda of the African Union."

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Unfortunately, Nigeria didn't seem to get the memo, when Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed told AP on Sunday that the country has no such plans.

"From a security perspective with the challenges we're facing in the north east [against Boko Haram insurgents] I don't think the premise is right to begin to consider such a policy," Aliyu Ibrahim Gebi, a senior advisor to Nigeria's interior minister told RFI on Monday.

The AU is pushing hard for visa-free travel for African residents within the country, but a big player like Nigeria saying no could prove a difficult hurdle to overcome. 

Zuma statue

Nigeria does seem to love South Africa though, after unveling a massive statue of President Jacob Zuma on Friday in Nigeria and people have questions.

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The $1,4 million bronze statue stands in the Imo State of Nigeria during a two-day visit to the country and Governor Rochas Okorocha, who launched the statue, lauded President Zuma's dedication to education.

This commemorated a Memorandum of Understanding between the South African president and Rochas Foundation to send African kids to school.

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Along with the statue, Zuma also received the Imo Merit Award and a road was named after him.

Nigerians were not too happy with the addition to the state's landscape.

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