Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated that the proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) cannot give a sit-at-home order to the people of his state because they are not part of South-East.
Wike made the declaration during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, reiterating that IPOB doesn’t exist in Rivers.
Human and vehicular movement were grounded Monday as residents observed the sit-at-home order in the south-east to mark this year’s Biafra Day.
Wike says while he has no problem with the commemoration in the south-east, Rivers State should be left out of it.
He said: “IPOB cannot make an order for people to sit at home in Rivers State. I have said so clearly before because it doesn’t exist in Rivers State.
“Rivers State is not part of South-East. Rivers State is South-South, we’re in the Niger Delta.
“I’m not saying whether the people in the South-East shouldn’t obey what IPOB has said or not. But they cannot give orders to Rivers people to sit at home.”