Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says he supports the agitation by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but not the violence linked to the group.
Wike, who is seeking the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
He said, “I support the agitations in the South-East, whether anybody likes it or not, I do,” Wike said. “We should sit down at the round table and discuss it.
“But again what do I do wrong when you have not gone to say ‘bomb everything there.’ I am a governor and you are telling me what has never happened and I should accept? Do you need to kill everybody in my area simply for me to say I am with you? And I say no, I won’t do that.”
The governor also push about criticisms that he was not supporting IPOB, asking where those people when he publicly supported the cause of the agitation against injustice in the region.
Wike added that there is injustice and division in the country, but stressed that the best way to protest against injustice is not by killing innocent souls in the country.
When asked if IPOB poses a threat to him, he said, “Why will they be a threat to me? It is because of the division in this country today that we have never had this country being divided this way.
“What pains me is that people take politics to think that I want to use this opportunity to fight this person. There came a time IPOB was singing praises about Wike. This Nnamdi Kanu was singing praises (that) Wike is our son.”