The 48-year old art promoter said he embarked on the mission having discovered that the statue is a shame to Igboland because it makes Ojukwu look like a dictator instead of a true Igbo leader. “That statue makes Ojukwu look like a dictator. Each time I pass through Onitsha, I cover my face. The Ojukwu statue should not be made to dress like a warlord, dressed in Army uniform, with gun at his back. I knew Ojukwu very well, this sculpture was commissioned by a politician who did not care about our culture. I don’t think his soul will be happy with this kind of representation,” the art promoter said.
He said “It does not really matter. What people should know is that the statue represents Ojukwu.’’
According to him, from afar, one might never know that it is Ojukwu until when one moves closer. The colours did not match,” he said.