Gov Nyesom Wike Reiterates Stance on Activities of IPOB
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has reiterated that the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) are unacceptable in the state whether his life is threatened or not.
Wike while speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent said he is not afraid of death as it is every man’s fate to die someday adding that the sit at home order by IPOB will not be observed in Rivers as the state is a South-South state and not one of the South-Eastern states.
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”.
Recall that earlier in the month of May, governor Wike took to his official Twitter handle to state that people from other states cannot dictate for Rivers sate what it ought to do or what it ought not to do, adding that people are allowed to carry out their business activities and prosper in the state, but none should overstep their bounds as it will not be tolerated.