Hundreds of catholic believers in Abia, southeast of Nigeria on Friday attended the inauguration of the tallest statue of Jesus Christ.
The African tallest statue weighing 8.5 metres was erected at St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, Abajah, Imo state. It was funded by a rich Nigerian businessman, Obinna Onuoha.
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This statue is a great symbol of Christian faith, and I pray that for the Catholics, the statue will continue to constantly remind us of what Jesus Christ stands for us. For others, looking at the statue will bring them closer to Jesus.
The statue, made of marble, is bigger than the 20 metres (66 foot) Ramesses II Abusimbel statue in Egypt.
Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma while unvailing the statue, described it as magnificent. He commended the Onuoha family for the gift and their benevolence to the church.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chief Obinna Onuoha, who donated the Jesus statue, had constructed 2, 000 seating capacity parish church at St. Aloysius in the year 2012.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country with over 170 million inhabitants.
According to a research centre, the country is mainly made up of Christians and Muslims.