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Pope Francis urges dialogue, negotiation with pro-Biafra agitators

02 March 2016, 11:08

Abuja - The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday released the text of the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis address to thousands of IPOB members who gathered last Sunday at the Vatican City for the weekly Angelus.

The group said the Pope in his message cautioned against the oppression and killing of the Biafra agitators.

Also read: Pope Francis meets pro-Biafra agitators

The text of the Catholic Pontiff address which was made available to newsmen by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful, disclosed that the Pope advised the Biafra agitators and the crowd that gathered at St Peter’s Square 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.”

The Pope according to IPOB said: “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?”

Read the Pope’s address here

- News 24


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