On Tuesday, the Media and Publicity Officer of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Mr. Emma Powerful, made available to Vanguard the text of Pope Francis address to more than 35,000 members of IPOB who converged at the Vatican City on Sunday for the weekly Angelus.
Going by the text, the Pope has forewarned those oppressing the group, the Nigerian government, the military and all those who work for them to have a change of heart, desist from wasting the lives of the members of the activist group or deal with the catastrophic anger of God which he will unleash on them.
The text further revealed that the Pope, who addressed the gathered group at St. Peters Square from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace, advised them to employ the virtue of patience in all they do, because the patience of God poured out on their oppressors is limitless though the time for their oppressors to have a change of heart is now.
IPOB repeated the supposed words of the Pontiff saying:
“It is never too late to convert an oppressor to change from his evil activities, including murderous activities, but it is urgent, it is now, let them begin today to change from their oppression and killing of innocent people through all sorts of violent means, including the jack boot of the military.”
The Biafra supporting group reported that the Pope spoke on “invincible patience,” giving an explanation of how God’s “unyielding concern for sinners” should provoke patience in us, asking if we have thought of God’s patience,
“Have you thought of His unyielding concern for sinners, how this should provoke patience among people, including governments, instead of killing people on slightest provocation or no provocation at all, let alone people who are protesting against unfair treatments or for something they feel is their right?”
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IPOB Media and Publicity Officer also stated that the Pope opened their eyes to understand that it is not in God’s nature to allow tragedies as a way of punishing sins, instead, Jesus warns that sinners will be damned if they refuse to repent, and if the oppressors of peaceful demonstrators like the Biafra activists in Nigeria do not repent, the burning anger of God will be released on them.
According to IPOB, Pope Francis agreed to the need to strongly pay attention to negotiations and dialogue between governments and agitators all over the world including Biafra agitators and the Nigerian government, just the same way it was done in Syria which has now brought about the present ceasefire in the country which has entered its fourth day.
“I invite all to pray so that this window of opportunity can give relief to the suffering people and agitators and encouraging the necessary humanitarian aid, and open the way to dialogue and much desired peace.”