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Sunday, 23 December 2018

THE DETENTION OF ARMLESS JEWISH WORSHIPPERS IN NIGERIA IS A MORAL TRAGEDY

THE DETENTION OF ARMLESS JEWISH WORSHIPPERS IN NIGERIA IS A MORAL TRAGEDY

The callous detention of peaceful, armless Biafran Jewish worshippers by the Nigerian government, is to say the least, morally tragic in a country that professes democracy. The Jewish adherents were carrying out their annual religious procession when the Nigerian armed security forces swooped on them, assaulted, harassed, molested, humiliated, arrested and extra-judicially placed them on detention in Afara prison in Umuahia, the Abia State capital. This hatred stems from the Jewishness and Judaism religious belief of the victimised, coupled with the complicit silence of Nigeria-based human rights organizations. Recall that recently, there was a Jewish global religious observance/procession tagged HANUKKAH, which adherents in Biafraland were part and parcel of. Unfortunately, as they all assembled in Umuahia from within of Biafraland, the Nigerian jihadist armed forces comprising of the army and police from Abia State Commands, heavily descended on them and disrupted the flow of the hallowed religious procession. Many Jewish sacred religious materials like Taliths of prayer and skull caps were desecratedly consficated by the armed security operatives. It is shameful that the Nigerian government could despicably be transferring aggression for whatever diplomatic face-off it presently has against the nation of Israel, using the innocent Jewish worshippers in Biafraland as pawns. It should however be noted that the State of Israel has an inalienable right as a  sovereign nation cum indispensable global player, to choose and defend her friends, kiths and kins anywhere in the world. And her choice of support for the total restoration of the independence of Biafra from Nigerian defunct federation, as intelligently being  persecuted by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, under the supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, should not be an isolation.

Obviously, the Nigerian government is presently persecuting these Biafran Jewish worshippers through their illegal arrests and detention in Umuahia. It is therefore worrisome in view of the evolving circumstance, that human rights groups with their offices dotting different locations in Nigeria, have so far maintained a theory of conspirational silence. They should note that this annual religious procession were peacefully observed in places like the United States of America, Israel, United Kingdom, Germany, France and other countries and cities of the world without any breach of the people's rights. It is criminal and unacceptable for the Nigerian government that professes to be practicing democracy to orchestrate such dastardly act of wickedness against unarmed religious adherents. Judaism is a globally recognised religion which has been practised in Biafraland right from ages. This religion dates back to 3,000 years in existence in this part of the world. The three patriarchal stools of Biafraland namely Eri, Arodi and Areli who were children of Gad, the seventh son of Israel and their direct descendants of Agulu, Menri, Attah, Nembe, Oba etcetera, worshipped the Almighty God of Abiama (Abraham) in the ancient Jewish temple which is yet located in Arochukwu, Abia State. It remains the religious head in the entire Biafraland. In those ancient years approximately staked at 1,700 BC,  Judaism came into existence in Biafraland and had eversince, continued to be the way of life to Biafrans. The persecution of the Nigerian occupational government of Biafran indigenous Jews is really despotic and disgustingly immoral. It's present diplomatic face-off with the government of Israel has virtually nothing to do with the religious belief cum obligation of the people.

It therefore becomes necessary to call on all conscientious human rights organizations both within and without Nigeria, to expeditiously compel the Nigerian government to accord unreserved respect to established international laws protecting human rights, by releasing these victimized Biafran Jewish worshippers from humiliation and illegal detention. They were not bearing arms nor caught breaching public peace during the religious procession. Their only offence was their appearances in their regular Jewish attires which contravenes no known municipal or international laws/conventions guiding the right to peaceful assembly. It is a betrayal of trust for human rights bodies in Nigeria to be helplessly cowed into reneging on their legitimate responsibilities. It is expedient for Amnesty International to be fully aware of how the Islamic government of Nigeria through the criminal instrumentality of it's jihadist police force, is persecuting Jewish religious adherents in Biafraland. The failure of human rights organizations in the country to speak up, condemn and compel Nigeria to respect the rights of the unjustly incarcerated for only exercising their religious duties, amounts to gross moral tragedy of supposed rights watchdogs in the country. Nigeria-based Human Rights Organizations must have to wholesomely purge themselves of this stinking moral decadence and prevail on the Nigerian government to immediately release these Jewish worshippers from undeserved victimization, whatever diplomatic issues it presently has, with the Israeli government. Judaism religious worship/wworshippers in Biafraland must not be used as sacrificial lambs.

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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