Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday said the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) cannot issue a sit-at-home order in his state because Rivers state is not part of Igbo land.
The governor said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by our correspondent.
IPOB, through its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, had said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the South-East on Monday to mark the 54th anniversary of Biafra.
Speaking on IPOB’s sit-at-home order to all residents of the six south-eastern states, Wike said, “With all due respect, I have said it before and I will continue to say it: IPOB cannot make an order to say sit at home in Rivers State because it (IPOB) does not exist in Rivers State. Rivers State is South-South; we are in (the) Niger Delta.
“I am not saying whether the people of the South-East should obey IPOB or not but they cannot give order to Rivers people to sit at home. It is not possible.
“I am not against IPOB’s activities in the South-East; they have a right to whatever they are doing with their people but as far as Rivers State is concerned, you cannot give an order when we are not part of what you are doing. It does not work.”