Zuma, Sirleaf condemned; Igbo People Say, their honoring a “Desecration”

President Sirleaf of Liberia and President Zuma of South Africa got the worse insult of any in African tradition and culture.

NEW YORK – South Africa president Jacob Zuma is known as a ‘don’t care’ man.  He is very corrupt and finds comfort in womanizing.  His buddy Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is accused of running the most corrupt government in human history in addition to being considered as extremely self-seeking and unforgiving.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, notorious for seeking fame and, honors and awards even as her country sinks in poverty and disease.  Sirleaf, here being honored with a statue in Imo State, Nigeria over the weekend.

Unlike Sirleaf who is seemingly well-educated and understands the workings of the international community, Zuma is not.  Moreover, while both leaders are accused of being exceedingly corrupt and endeared to nepotism, Zuma uses his stolen wealth in South Africa, and in particular, in his village where built lavished compounds.

For Sirleaf, international financial and economic crimes intelligence groups accused her and her family of turning Liberian into a nation of money laundering where every bank, many of which are local African financial institutions, are cartel used by cronies of the president as well as some of her corrupt officials and bogus foreign business allies to transfer huge deposits of Liberian resources and wealth into foreign banks in countries with no accountability.

In all of these, Zuma faces criticisms from both South Africans and some in the international community.  But Sirleaf understands the mindset of the international community. Besides, she mesmerizes the international community with what some say is her “African Charm” or “Voodoo” that has made her obtain every award and honor on earth.

Debbie Marrah, a Liberian with Sierra Leone’s origin living in  New York says President Sirleaf has won more awards and honors than Jesus Christ and the Prophet Mohammed combined.  Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi are no matches to her despite their nobility and Sirleaf’s closets of skeletons.

While Sirleaf has been able to deceptively cornered many in the West including the administrators of the Nobel Foundation, Harvard University, and others to shower her with numerous undeserving awards and honors, the Igbo people of Imo State in Nigeria see her otherwise.  For the people of Imo State, a wise person knows who is a great person if that person is respected back in their home.  Zuma and Sirleaf are despised vehemently by their own people.

South Africa’s President Sirleaf receiving numerous awards and honors from Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Sunnyboy Blamo, a young Liberian selling water in the streets in Monrovia, Liberia, says even the stride dog in Liberian streets hates President so he does not understand why the Americans and the European believe her story.

Thomas Davies, a Liberian political science major living in California agrees with Sunnyboy but was quick to add that where Sunnyboy misses the point is that the Americans and Europeans don’t really love President Sirleaf because she is great a leader. Rather, he said, “She is using our resources to make herself look great and the Westerners know it.”

But Presidents Sirleaf and Zuma have been unable to cajole the people of Imo state, especially its traditional and morally upright leaders.  The traditional leaders blasted at their state governor Rochas Okorocha who uses their state resources to honor “undeserving” people like Zuma and Sirleaf.

The Imo State offers lavished awards and honors on foreign leaders in the interest of his private business deals that he wants to carry out in their countries.

President Sirleaf and President Zuma

The traditional leaders of Imo State referred to the honoring of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as a “desecration.”   In the context of Africa, a land of customs, values, and tradition, this is a huge condemnation beyond compared.  Several African analysts say it’s time the world learns from the Igbo people of Imo State what decency means.  The world should not grant honor and dignity to undeserving individuals, one African professor in Chicago, Illinois, said.

Below is the news report from Nigeria regarding the story, as reported by John Owen Nwachukwu

Okorocha desecrating Igbo culture – Imo monarch, Ilomuanya condemns titles on Zuma, Johnson-Sirleaf

By John Owen Nwachukwu

Culled from the Nigerian Daily Post

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha

The embattled traditional ruler of Obinugwu in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, has noted that the state governor, is “continuously desecrating Igbo culture, customs, and values by conferring chieftaincy titles to undeserving strangers”.

He contended that the rate of “desecration” was alarming while urging royal fathers in Igboland and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo to completely condemn such.

The monarch told reporters, “The continuous abomination and debasement of Igbo culture with impunity in Imo State is becoming very alarming.”

Ilomuanya was reacting to the recent conferment of Adadioranma of Imo State title on Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, by the state’s traditional rulers.

He particularly condemned the time the title was conferred, saying, “It is an aberration in Igbo culture to confer chieftaincy title at about 11 at night. It is never done. Only initiations into clandestine or cult groups are done at that time of the night.

“In recent times, Imo State has constantly made a mockery of Igbo culture and traditional institution.”

He pointed out that unless those knowledgeable in Igbo culture and the consequences of their desecration speak out, the trend might continue.

“A few weeks back, it was Jacob Zuma and recently, it’s the Liberian woman. Who even chose the bogus titles of Ochi Agha of Imo State and Adadioranma of Imo State (Zuma and Johnson-Sirleaf respectively) to be conferred on them?

Governor Rochas Okorocha and President Sirleaf, the business deals

“What have they done to deserve the titles when Igbo and Nigerians are dying every day in South Africa and Liberia?” he queried.

Ilomuanya further argued that the visit of the presidents to Imo State only created the impression that Nigeria was now running a confederal system of government, with Imo being portrayed as an independent state within the confederation.

“As far as I am concerned, these visits are for personal gains and have no socio-cultural or economic benefit or relevance for Imo people.

“Instead, our culture has become a foot mat for foreigners to march on and trivialize.

“Imo has obviously become an independent component state within Nigeria. The whole thing is exasperating.

“Culture is a symbol of our identity. If it is debased, desecrated and killed, it all means that we have also lost our identity and relevance as a people.”

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