While speaking in Nnewi, Anambra State, during his first visit to the state, Bishop Ignatius Orizu, insisted that the Igbo are Jews while admitting that they are the lost tribes of Israel.
President of the Redeemed Israel Community of Nazarene Association (RICONA) of Nigeria, Bishop Ignatius Orizu, has insisted that the Igbo are Jews, according to Daily Sun.
He said the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sampling conducted by the Jewish Voice Ministries International last year in search of the lost tribes of Israel, which allegedly proved that Igbo were not Israelites, must be repeated.
Orizu made the call when the association hosted the founder of www.shuvu.tv, Rabbi Itzhak Shapira, in Nnewi, Anambra State, during his first visit to Nigeria.
He said the association appreciated the efforts of the Jewish Voice Ministries International in their attempts, in 2017, to search for the lost tribes of Israel.
He added that the association would not destructively criticize or say the result of the DNA sampling, which clearly stated the Igbo of the South East Nigeria are not Jews, was manipulated.
The cleric argued that after a careful study of the whole exercise, the association came to the conclusion that the sampled population was statistically small and did not represent the true population of the Igbo.
He said; “The idea, I guess, was to randomly sample the Igbo population, for the discovery of Jewish root.
The Igbo population is not less than 50 million, but, unfortunately, a population of 120 people, which is not even up to one percent of the target Igbo population was sampled.
“I, humbly, suggest that an improved sampling process be adopted. The whole Igbo states should be randomly sampled to involve about five million Igbo, which is about 10 percent of the Igbo population.
“With this, the whole population will be affected and any result obtained from the process would be accepted by the Igbo populace,” Bishop Orizu insisted.
He said the Igbo Jews have been practicing what he called halachic laws, like circumcision of babies on the eighth day, naming ceremony of a male child with feasting, burying the dead with their heads towards the west and belief in resurrection of the dead, double portion as the right of the first born, among other customs and traditions which the Igbo have in common with the Jews, “showing people of same tribe.”