File photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Monday said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) cannot issue a sit-at-home order to the people of Rivers State.
Wike stated this on Channels Television’s Politics Today, adding that Rivers is a South-South state and not one of the South-Eastern states.
IPOB had through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful said human and vehicular movements would be restricted across the South-East on Monday to mark the 54th anniversary of Biafra.
In compliance with this, economic and commercial activities came to a standstill in the South-East region of the country.
But Wike faulted the directive, saying he is not against the activities of the outlawed group in the eastern part of the country.
“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.”