A Nigerian businessman is set to unveil what he says is Africa’s largest statue of Jesus, describing it as a symbol of peace in a country wracked by Islamist insurgency. Obinna Onuoha commissioned the 8.53 metre tall “Jesus de Greatest” statue in 2013, hiring a Chinese company to carve it out of white marble.
Standing barefoot with arms outstretched, the 40 ton statue will tower over St Aloysius Catholic Church in the mainly Christian village of Abajah in Nigeria’s southeastern state of Imo. Around 1,000 people are expected to attend the statue’sunveiling on New Year’s Day. Onuoha said he has contacted the police just to be sure that it is not attacked or vandalised.
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