BNG: OPEN LETTER TO THE VATICAN, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND THE PAPACY
Biafran National Guard (BNG) The Military wing for the Restoration and Re-establishment of the Republic of Biafra want to express her deepest and sincere gratitude for the role the Roman Catholic Church Humanitarian Missionaries during the 1967-1970 Nigeria-Biafran Civil War to ameliorate hunger.
You could recall that a pogrom was carried out against the people of the Eastern Region of Nigeria (BIAFRA), during which a series of massacres and increased violent riots targeted at the Igbos Predominantly Catholic Christians) living in northern Nigeria. Reports say more than 80,000 – 100,000 Igbos were killed, while more than one million fled back to the eastern region.
On May 30, 1967, Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a Catholic from the Igbo ethnic group, declared the eastern region as an independent Republic of Biafra following the massacre of his people. When several peace agreements and negotiations brokered between the two sides failed, Nigeria’s federal government launched a military operation to reunite the breakaway republic. What followed was a 30-month civil war that claimed the lives of more than 2 million people, predominantly from the Biafran side (Predominantly Catholic Christians).
On Jan. 15, 1970, the Biafran War ended with millions of deaths, casualties and displaced persons recorded. Despite the ugly episodes of the war, Nigeria hasn’t learned its lessons and is still at the brink of another possible war as a result of growing agitations and protests by different regions to break away from the country.
For instance, a Christian Biafrans agitating to reestablish the Republic of Biafra through organized peaceful demonstrations demanding independence due to marginalization, insecurity, state sponsored terrorism, ethnic cleansing massive corruption and genocidal killings by the Fulani dominated Federal Government of Nigeria have been met with bloody opposition from Nigeria’s security forces. In 2016, Amnesty International accused Nigerian army of killing 150 Pro-Biafran Activists. In 2017, the federal government Indigenous Biafrans as a terrorist organization.
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It is disheartening and that Rome, Italy, The Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy did not recognize Biafran State and have kept deadened silence in the wake of massive genocide targeted against the Biafrans who chose to imbibe your religion relegating their Ancestral worship.
It is disturbing that the Pope, The Papacy and the Vatican have looked other way while their adherents are on the verge of ethnic cleansing.
51 years after the War, Biafran National Guard wishes to officially notify you of our intention to RE-DECLARE, RE-AFFIRM AND RE-ESTABLISH The State Of Biafra come October 30, 2021 and RE-HOIST our flag of Independence.
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We therefore enjoin you to do the needful this time and stand with those who stand with your Religion. Join us as we the Biafra Supreme Military Council Of Administration (BSMCA) commence the sequels of our Live Broadcast from 02:00pm (Biafran time) 27th October through 30th October.
COMRADE AGWU FRANCIS,
Spokesperson, Biafra National Guard (BNG)