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Pope Francis Meets & Sympathizes with Biafra Agitators

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-pope-francis-bless-faithful-vatican-city-rome-italy-november-popemobile-blesses-st-peter-s-square-image36572888The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that is protesting  for Biafra’s secession from Nigeria on Monday 29th February 2016 released the text of a Pope Francis address to thousands of its members.

They had gathered the day before at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City for the weekly Angelus, saying the Pope has cautioned their oppressors – the Nigerian government, its military and their agents to repent and stop killing Biafra agitators or face the wrath of God that will be catastrophic.

According to Vanguard,

The Bishop’s Address
The text of the Pope’s address which was released through the IPOB Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful, … from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace to be patient in all they are doing, that God’s patience towards their oppressors is without limit but the time to end their oppression is now.

IPOB quoted the Pontiff to have said that,

“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.”

According to the pro-Biafra group, the Pope spoke on “invincible patience,” explaining 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?”

IPOB said the Pope told them that God does not permit tragedies to punish sins but rather, that Jesus uses warnings that sinners will perish if they do not repent, adding that if the oppressors of peaceful agitators like the Biafra agitators in Nigeria fail to repent, the wrath of God will be catastrophic against them.

The Pontiff according to IPOB, welcomed the need to firmly and unreservedly focus on negotiations and dialogue between governments and agitators all over the world including  Biafra agitators and the government of Nigeria, like it was done in Syria which has brought the current ceasefire in the country, involving government and rebel forces.

“I invite all to pray so that this window of opportunity can give relief to the suffering people and agitators and encourage the necessary humanitarian aid, and open the way to dialogue and much desired peace” he said.

Source: Vanguard | Photo Credit: Dreamstime.com

15 Comments

  1. swagg1

    March 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This mr no all Pope, keeps sticking his nose where it doesnt belong. No wonder Trump disgraced him 2 weeks ago for the same behavior and then the pope backed down for meddling in other countrys affairs. Pls stay in your lane and stick to the bible and not lecture others.Hypocrite and annoying.

    • Md

      March 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Actually, biafra will benifit more if trumps wins because he doesn’t like Muslims to begin with

    • honey omo lekki

      March 3, 2016 at 10:42 am

      What does Muslim and Islam have to do with Pope’s comment or @swagg1’s comments? You people just like wahala.

      Somebody commented, next thing …muslim.

      Infact, if your food gets cold sef, it is muslims/islam that caused it.. KMT

    • Dzy

      March 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Your comment is irresponsible. Do not let your emotion lead your reasoning it should be the other way around.
      Now to the point of Biafra and any group who are an not happy with this union that the British empire created and amalgamated in 1914. We should seat down and talk to ourselves and try to work out a fair and peaceful way to be together or separate. If you think of it, the Colonist did not ask our forefathers their opinion before the created this Union called Nigeria. My grand father was born in 1892 he died in 1988, so he was born in my village but not in Nigeria as we know it. They gave Mongo Park the credit for discovering a river and a people that existed before the British Empire, and we still teach this outrageous falsehood to our kids in our schools. I think Africans and Nigerians should start taking ownership of our history and our future and not rely on what others spoon fed in the past.
      I prefer a fair and united Nigeria, but if a group wants to leave we should all seat down and talk about it like brothers and sisters. Intimidation and name calling will never solve this problem check the history of other nations who have gone through similar events. Take care my brother/sister.

    • dzy

      March 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Your comment is irresponsible. Do not let your emotion lead your reasoning, it should be the other way around.
      Now to the point of Biafra and any group who are not happy with this union that the British empire created and amalgamated in 1914. We should seat down and talk to ourselves and try to work out a fair and peaceful way to be together or separate. If you think of it, the Colonist did not ask our forefathers their opinion before the created this Union called Nigeria. My grand father was born in 1892 he died in 1988, so he was born in my village but not in Nigeria as we know it. They gave Mongo Park the credit for discovering a river and a people that existed before the British Empire, and we still teach this outrageous falsehood to our kids in our schools. I think Africans and Nigerians should start taking ownership of our history and our future and not rely on what others spoon fed in the past.
      I prefer a fair and united Nigeria, but if a group wants to leave we should all seat down and talk about it like brothers and sisters. Intimidation and name calling will never solve this problem check the history of other nations who have gone through similar events. Take care my brother/sister.

    • Seriously

      March 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      This pope is “I too know” dey worry am. He’s becoming too sensational when he opens his mouth.

    • Trumpertantrum

      March 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      @swagg1, actually Mr. Trump backed down. He described the Pope’s comment as ‘disgraceful’ but he couldn’t handle the backlash that followed. So he appeared in the next debate calling the Pope a nice guy with a great personality.

  2. Fashola's wanna b mistress

    March 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Seems u have a lot of anger in u. Am so sorry u venting ur anger on poor Pope. Am not Catholic mind but will neva agree wit Trump

  3. nnenne

    March 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    May God bless the pope!

  4. chimaco

    March 2, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    God bless u ,his hollines (pope)

  5. Olaedo

    March 3, 2016 at 2:22 am

    what’s the fuse about what the Pope said? The man said a truth which some supporters of this enclave called Niger-area do not want to hear. The killing of Biafrans have to stop. Nigeria must not turn them into armed freedom fighters before it runs back begging for armnesty like it did to Boko-haram, like it did to the Niger-Delta militants and like it will always do… The thing is, Biafra is becoming a reality and Nigerians are afraid of it. The world is awake now, they understand better than they did back in 1967 when the propanga was to make Biafra seem like the agressor.
    As for Trump, lol!!! I see him kicking some but outa you know who…. but I see Him beign sympathetic to the Biafran cause unlike Mr. gulf player… Muslims be praying he doesn’t win.

    #All_Hail_Biafra

  6. Emma

    March 3, 2016 at 3:20 am

    One would never be right to say the pope is meddling. It would be seriously unjust not to say the truth on issues like this, or to look the other way. He’s a servant of God, the creator and owner of the universe, so he must do his bidding.

  7. ElessarisElendil

    March 3, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I sympathise with the Biafran agitators as well, that’s about it. Nigeria is Nigeria, all 923,768 km2 of our territory, saying otherwise means you’re either a traitor or an enemy.

  8. huh?

    March 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    But the pope never mention these people or biafra by name? biko stop lying and putting words in the guy’s mouth

  9. Anyi

    March 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    @Swaggi luk at ur teeth u cant listing and u cant read 5yn. Am sorry for u he pig

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