On New Year’s Day, Abajah village in Imo state, Nigeria witnessed the official commissioning of the largest statue of Jesus in the continent. The largest statue of Jesus which is 8.53 metre (28 foot) tall and known as “Jesus de Greatest” was carved by a Chinese company with a white marble, according to the owner.
The owner, Mr. Obinna Onuoha, who is a Nigerian businessman, described the largest statue of Jesus, as a symbol of peace in a country wrapped by Islamic insurgency.
The 43-year-old chief, who is an executive officer of an oil and gas distribution company is very much optimistic of the largest statue of Jesus in Africa and how it will serve as a means of tourist attraction for ages to come. He said, “It’s going to be the biggest statue of Jesus on the continent,” “Definitely pilgrims will come.”
While he also assured the general public of the police protection against the edifice, he noted that some miscreants may want to attack or vandalize it and he has put necessary checks in place against such occurrences.
Mr. Onuoha says he had a dream in 1997 to build a giant statue of Jesus. When his 68-year-old mother fell seriously ill a few years ago, she made him promise that he would build a church if she survived. He built it in Abajah, some 500 kilometres southeast of Lagos, and it is here that the “Jesus de Greatest” statue is located.