Pope Francis, the Catholic Pontiff, greeted a group of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), activists who are crusading for their breaking away from Nigeria, after they came together at the Vatican on Sunday.
In the course of his weekly Angelus address where the Pope speaks to a massive number of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis welcomed the Indigenous People of Biafra. The Pope’s statement was met with resounding cheers and celebration by the activist group, who were waving their flags during the address.
The IPOB in a press release yesterday, said the reason why it carried the group’s agitation over the release of Nnamdi Kanu to the Pope at the Vatican City, was for him to see the extent to which the current government of the All Progressives Congress led by President Muhammadu Buhari has gone in killing and dishing out injustice to them.
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While speaking to journalists in Nnewi yesterday, Mr. Emma Powerful, Media and Publicity Officer of IPOB, disclosed that he has put 5, 500 calls across to the Pope who assured that he would pray for the Biafra activists and open up talks about Biafra and its restoration. According to Mr. Powerful;
“The IPOB bombarded Pope Francis with 5,500 calls and the Pope answered the calls and gave his word to make sure he talks about Biafra and its restoration and yesterday, about 35,000 Biafra agitators in Europe, Asia and America visited the Pope at Vatican City and the Pope and other Catholic leaders addressed them as Biafrans and prayed for them.That was the first time a world leader at that level addressed us and called us by the name Biafrans and prayed for us.
“We are therefore calling on other church leaders to condemn the evil of killing innocent protesters and agitators and detention of an innocent man who did not do anything to break the law of a country we are not part of, a country that we are demanding for our freedom they have forcefully taken and upon that, they are killing us for demanding for our freedom. This evil must be condemned by the world leaders and religious leaders, whom we want to pray for us.
“We urge the Christian leaders, Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglicans worldwide, World Christian Society, WCS, American Christians to pray for Biafra actualization and freedom. This is the time to stand up for the truth because the Boko Haram members who are killing people on daily basis have not been visited with the type of extrajudicial killings with which this APC government has visited us,” said the IPOB officer.