Owerri - Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis on Sunday at the Vatican greeted members of the Indigenous People of Biafra,( IPOB).
The Pope, during his Angelus address, from his balcony at the Apostolic Palace, publicly welcomed and greeted the IPOB members.
Speaking more on the event, the IPOB Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful in a press release on Monday said IPOB has made 5 500 calls to Pope Francis who accepted and gave his word to pray for the agitators and talk about Biafra and its restoration.
He said the group took its agitation for the release of its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu to the Pope for him to see the level of killing and injustice meted to its members by the present All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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He stated that the Pope's greeting was greeted with cheers and celebration by the Biafran group, who were waving flags during the address.
The statement reads: 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 on Sunday, 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,” he said.
- News 24