Brandnewsday reports that Governor Wike on Monday in a meeting with the Community Development Committees, youths leaders and council chairmen in Port Harcourt, stated that the proscribed IPOB cannot use the state to launch attacks.
This was made known in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri.
The Rivers Governor appealed the 23 local government chairmen in the state and youths not to allow IPOB to hold demonstrations and raise its flag within the state.
According to Wike, there’s one terrorist group they call IPOB. I didn’t declare them a terrorist group, the court declared them a terrorist group, not me.
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Wike boasted that the South-South state is the most accommodating state for all Nigerians.
“We can never be against any ethnic group. We can never do that. We have lived in harmony with the Ibos, the Hausas, and Edo people,” he said.
Gov Wike said: “Everybody that comes to this State we have lived in harmony with. So Nigerians must commend Rivers State as a place where you’ve never had a problem between this group and that group.
“There’s one terrorist group they call IPOB. I didn’t declare them a terrorist group, the court declared them a terrorist group, not me.”
He added that “The federal government declared them a terrorist group. IPOB can’t use Rivers State to be a place where they’ll be launching attacks. If you allow that, your future, your children’s future is gone”.
“Go to Oyigbo and see what they’ve done. They destroyed the court. What did the court do? See the soldiers they killed and burnt them. See the policemen they killed and burnt them and then you said people would sit and fold their arms?”