Pope Francis greeted members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, who were in the congregation on Sunday at the Vatican.
UK’s The Week Magazine reported that during his weekly Angelus address—where the Pope addresses crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace—Francis extended a word of welcome to the indigenous people of Biafra.
The Pope’s statement was reportedly greeted with cheers and celebration by the Biafran group, who were waving flags during the address.
The report has it that the Pope traditionally greets travelling groups of pilgrims during his weekly addresses and the Vatican has not publicly commented on the Pope’s position on Biafran agitation for secession.
It would be recalled that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was arrested on October 18, 2015 at Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja and his under prosecution for treason.