Some Jewish scientists, who were invited by former president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife arrived in Nnewi, Anambra State yesterday to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, test on interested citizens of Igbo origin to determine the Jewish relationship with Igbo tribe.
The Ikedife Hospital located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, was used as the venue.
Hundreds of people came out in their numbers, to participate in the test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo migrated from Israel.
People arrived from other parts of Igboland to take part in the screening exercise.
Dr Dozie Ikedife, who was present at the event, told newsmen that there had been stories of Jewish/Igbo relations based on archaeological discoveries and mythology, adding that he facilitated the Jewish scientist to come and prove the mythology.
Ikedife said that the Israeli-Yaweh group came into the country to take a random sampling of cells from the people of the South-East for studies to carry out a DNA analysis and comparison in Houston Texas USA.
He said, “The idea is to establish scientifically the relationship of the two groups of people. It is necessary to satisfy the curiosity and answer the question in the minds of many for quite some time.
“The world has gone advanced, cellular examination can be used to establish the claim or otherwise of this kind of believe.
“In this modern time, such claims of relationship should not be left in the domain of mythological theories alone there is need to subject the claim to scientific proof.
“If at the end of the day, it is confirmed that we are relations, we would remain brothers and friends, but if it proved negative we remain friends.
“My curiosity is based on the fact that I studied Anthropology as well as Medicine, the result of the cell examination is expected to be out in August this year.”