Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated reasons why the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), cannot work Rivers State.
Wike who appeared as a guest on Channels TV Programme ‘Politics Today’ explained that Rivers State can never be part of IPOB as the activities of the group, which clamours for the breakout and creation of a separate state does not concern Rivers people.
Wike hinted that such activities particularly the stay-at-home order by the group was unacceptable and can only work in the South-Eastern states.
Wike noted that even if it means him losing his life in the process, Rivers State cannot be part of the IPOB cessation plan as Rivers State is a state in South-South part of Nigeria not East.
The Rivers State governor stressed that so far his people are not part of IPOB, therefore all orders emanating from the Biafra group remains null and void.
He said “With all due respect, I have said it before and I will continue to say it, IPOB cannot make an order to say that people should sit at home in Rivers. I have said that clearly before because it does not exist in Rivers state. Rivers state is South-South. We are in Niger Delta”.
“I am not saying whether the people of South-East should not obey what IPOB has said or not but they cannot give orders to Rivers people that we should sit at home. No! It is not possible.
“Like I always say, I am not against IPOB’s activities in the South-East because they have a right to whatever they are doing with their people”.
“But as far as Rivers state is concerned, we are not part of it. So, you cannot give an order when we are not part of whatever you are doing? How does it work? It doesn’t work that way.
“It is like saying there are South Easterners who are staying in Lagos, therefore IPOB will give a sit at home order in Lagos that everybody should move”.
“There are Igbo people staying in Kano, IPOB will go and make a sit at home order that nobody should move in Kano. It is not acceptable. So, IPOB for me.
“I have said it, whether people like it or not, whether people want to kill me. I know that yes, people must die one day but you must have to speak out and say this is not acceptable”.
“Our people are not part of it and so you cannot give order to people who are not part of what you are doing. When they gave that order, did anybody obeyed it in Rivers state? No, because it cannot work as we are not part of them”.