‘Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration Is Making The FG Arrest Those Practising Judaism In Aba’ – IPOB
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The Jerusalem Declaration by President of the United States (US), Donald Trump seems to be having so many ripples and effects even over a thousand miles away.
This is the case in Southeast, Nigeria where a local secessionist group, The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have lamented that there has been increased arrests and persecution of its members in South-Eastern cities like Aba, Abia and Port Harcourt.
The Nnamdi Kanu-led group believes that this is as a result of the recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel by Donald Trump.
IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said these on Saturday through a public statement where he revealed that members of the group who are practising Judaism and/or who worship at the Shalom Synagogue Church of Israel are being openly persecuted by the Nigerian Government because of their religious beliefs.
According to Emma Powerful, this is in relation to the fact that Israel is the root of Judaism.
Emma Powerful’s statement read: “We, the family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, worldwide, condemn the ongoing religious persecution, harassment and arrest of IPOB members, especially those of the Shalom Synagogue Church of Israel in Aba, Abia State, last week
“Since President Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the wave of arbitrary arrests and persecution of Biafrans that practice Judaism in Aba and Port Harcourt have dramatically increased.
“Nigerian government is setting a very ugly and dangerous precedent. Those arrested for their faith must be released immediately, including all those illegally detained for expressing their legitimately held views that they are better off in Biafra than Nigeria.
“Arresting members of Shalom Christian Church because they are connected to the Jews in Israel is religious discrimination of the worst kind.
“Every religion has a root and in as much as nobody can deny that Saudi Arabia is the root of Islam, nobody can deny that Israel is the foundation of both Judaism and later Christianity.”