We wrote about the building of the largest statue of Jesus Christ in Africa earlier today. Already, there has been mixed reactions across the continent from fans, friends, colleagues and our esteemed followers.
Emmanuel Lashiolola, a Catholic and former student in a seminary school, said. “It is clearly wrong, you do not unveil Jesus Christ. I hope somebody is not trying to use the ceremony to raise money.” But priest Paul Awowole said: “Liturgically, I do not think there is anything is wrong in unveiling the statue of Jesus Christ. It is to venerate and honour Jesus Christ.” Also, Ifejilimalu Anthony expressed his joy at the project citing it as a means to honour Jesus Christ and not a new thing to Catholics. He also added that there are similar statues of the Holy Mary scattered across the country to honor her too.
The largest statue of Jesus in Africa is getting various attentions online as anonymous people also have laid their voices on the project, as some condemned the action of the rich man, claiming the funds used for the project could have been used to feed the poor and bring reasonable development to the community the project is situated. Another faulted the Chinese construction of the edifice, while claiming students of the University of Lagos could do better and giving such projects to outsiders will not develop our own local human capacity.
Another follower of our blog, Miss Ijeoma Okolie, who is an advertising professional, had this to say, “The project is very much needless, simple”. Mr Fadoju Oluwatosin, who is an ardent reader and a business mogul, described the project as a good thing and it shows the level at which they believe Jesus Christ, although, as there are different religious worshippers in the state, it must be guided so as not to cause conflict.