"Times of Israel" for the first time has carried IPOB news on its Front Cover

"Times of Israel" for the first time has carried IPOB news on its Front Cover

This coverage by a leading Israeli newspaper is an indication that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has the tacit backing of Israel if we consider that Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned Biafra at the recent Holocaust Memorial speech in Jerusalem.

Also celebration of Jewish Shabbath in the family compound of Nnamdi Kanu and pictures of him receiving the Torah from the 103 year old Hebrew congregation headquartered in Akwete Rivers State shows proof that Jewish IGBO/BIAFRAN religion is older than Nigeria. #Biafra #Israel #NnamdiKanu #IPOB

Biafran Jews mark 50 years since failed bid for independence

The secessionist state existed from 1967 to 1970, and plunged Nigeria into a bloody civil war that cost over a million lives

By Times of Israel staff and AFP
May 28, 2017, 11:37 pm 14

Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a separate state.

The main pro-independence groups — the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) — have called for a day of reflection.

Among the IPOB are one of the largest ethnic groups in the central African nation, the Igbo people, and among them is a small minority of practicing Jews, who believe they are descended from the tribes of Israel.

During the last 30 years or so, many Igbo Jews have moved to match their tradition of Jewish descent with the practice of rabbinic Judaism, the learning of Hebrew, observance of kosher dietary laws and observance of Jewish holidays. Many Igbo Jews are passionately Zionist.

In 1970, after nearly three years of fighting, Biafran soldiers, who were outnumbered 10 to one by federal troops and under-equipped, laid down their arms.

The conflict caused an estimated million deaths, many of them by starvation after the secessionist region was blockaded.

With surrender went their dreams of a separate state for the Igbo people, who are the majority in the southeast.

Half a century later, Biafra remains an extremely sensitive subject in Nigeria.

 

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