From Fred Itua, Abuja
A new report has claimed that the Southeastern Igbos and some Nigerian tribes share a common ancestry that dates back to the lost tribes of Israel.
These findings are contained in a 738 page book titled “The Hebrew Evidence of Nigerian Jews: A Scriptural Insight” which is scheduled for public presentation.
The book is written by a televangelist, Innocent Agu. The book describes the Igbo language as one of the prehistoric languages ââbecause it is identical to Paleo-Hebrew, the original Hebrew language of the Bible.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja this weekend, ahead of the book’s launch, Agu said he unravels the age-old mystery surrounding the Igbo people and some other Nigerian tribes.
He said the research results indicate that several indigenous Nigerian ethnic groups share a common ancestry stretching back to the lost tribes of Israel and Edom / Iduma – the land of Esau called Edo and Idoma in Nigeria.
According to him, âThe twelve lost tribes of Israel have been discovered in Nigeria. The tribes include those in northern Israel which were captured by the king of Assyria in 722 BC.
âThe book unveils the centuries-old mystery that surrounds the Igbo people and certain other Nigerian tribes.
“The research also revealed that the Paleo-Hebrew in which the Old Testament Bible was originally written is the same as the Igbo language, both in words and dictionary meanings.”
Speaking further, he said that over a thousand different Hebrew words, phrases and sentences are recorded in the book to attest to this fact.
âThe work recorded about a thousand ancient Nigerian cities from all over Nigeria, which matches the same ancient Israeli / Idumean cities recorded in the Bible. Interestingly, while most of the cities listed are located in the southern and central belt of Nigeria, a considerable number are also in northern Nigeria, âhe added.
The author has further identified many ethnic groups in Africa which are linked to the nation of Israel. He postulated that the original people of the nation of Israel were black.
While tracing the origin of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria, the author used linguistic and anthropological evidence.
He claimed that the name Igbo is derived from Eber the great-grandson of Shem and whose whole race is called Ebeo, Ebo, Ibo or Igbo.
According to the chairman of the book launch committee, Dr Sam Agbogun, the book is endorsed by several scholars and traditional leaders.
He said the findings in the book will surely open up a new perspective in the historical traditions of most Nigerian ethnic groups.
He said the book specifically solves the riddle that heralded the origin, tradition and cultural practices of the Igbo.