By Egufe Yafugborhi, Port Harcourt
Oyigbo is not Rivers State’s only boundary community or locality with South-East. This realization has left some persons wondering why Oyigbo assumes the hotbed of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB).
Many believe that the scenario takes root in the ownership dispute in the community. Oyigbo is said to mean ‘come join the group’ in the language of the Ogoni people of Rivers who are said to have so named the community from origin.
Nonetheless, the area is said to have been carved out of Asa Province in the present day Abia State.
And more than the Rivers’ native claimant, the overwhelming majority core Igbo settlers identify the community as Obigbo (heart of Igbo).
Darlington Nwauju, spokesman for the Niger Delta Rights Advocates, said, “This geographical contiguity of Oyigbo to the commercial town of Aba and the linguistic similarities coupled with cultural affinity underscore why Oyigbo has been so welcoming of…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper