Governor Nyesom Wike has insisted that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) cannot order anyone in Rivers State to sit at home like they have been able to do in other states in the Southeast.
Wike said this on Channels Television’s Politics Today, when he appeared on the show on Monday. He noted that Rivers State belongs to the South South not the South East where IPOB has stronghold.
“IPOB cannot make an order to say sit at home in Rivers State. I have said so clearly before because it does not exist in Rivers State,” he said.
“Rivers State is not part of South-East. Rivers State is South-South, we are in the Niger Delta. I am not saying whether the people in the South-East should not obey what IPOB has said or not. But they cannot give order to Rivers people to sit at home.”
According to Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Public Relations Officer, the sit-at-home was necessary as the Region marks the 54th anniversary of Biafra.
Many states in the East, Anambra, Imo and Abia observed the sit-at-home order, as the streets were empty and shops were on lockdown.