The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State and a presidential candidate, to stay away from the South-East.
Wike was not welcome in the region, according to the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, because he had previously stated that he had no kinship with the Igbos during the Obigbo Massacre.
IPOB has criticised Governor Wike’s visit to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, in Anambra, and has advised traditional rulers, chiefs, elders, governors, and others not to invite Wike to any portion of Igbo country in order to avoid provoking the Igbo people’s wrath.
A statement from the group reads, We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Nnamdi KANU, condemn the recent visit by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Achebe in Anambra State. The visit is part of the reasons the youths are not happy with Igbo leaders.
“IPOB will not take it lightly on any person who intends to host Wike in the hinterland after the genocide he committed in #Obigbo and he declared that he is not an Igbo man. Wike is a genocidist and should not be forgiven.
“His father took over Igbo propperty in the name of abandoned property and he trained Wike with the money he accumulated from abandoned property he collected from Igbo people in Igweocha after the war of genocide against the Igbo people in 1970, that moved Wike to hate anything associated with Igbo but he should not come for Igbo vote. We are warning him.
“Gov Nyesom Wike committed genocide against the people in his state claiming he is not Igbo man and today he became an Igbo man because of political interest and votes he needs from Igbo land, Wike refused to understand that a time like this will come in his Iife. Wike should be ashamed of himself because he could be openly begged Igbo people one vote in election.
“Is Wike coming to urinate on the graves of the Igbo youths he slaughtered in Obigbo during the #EndSARS protests? His visits to any Igbo state are highly provocative because some of the Igbo youths taken into several security cells in the Northern states are yet to return.
“Wike and his advisers should stop daring IPOB and Igbo youths. Wike’s family, friends and associates should advise him to stay off any state in Igbo land because it may consume him, anybody who knows him should let him know that.
“We are equally warning any traditional ruler, PG, Chief, elder, Governor or anybody who will invite Wike in any part of Igbo land to tread with caution because that amounts to challenging Igbo youths and IPOB members.
“Those hosting Wike now, where were they when Wike was ordering the killing of Igbo youths at Obigbo? They all maintained criminal silence then. Are they now rewarding him for killing Igbo youths? Love for money has enslaved elders and traditional rulers who should know better but we won’t tolerate that anymore. Wike cannot be going about celebrating in Igbo states which he denied having any links with after ordering the execution of Igbo youths and suspected IPOB members. This is iniquity against the innocent victims of his wicked actions.”