The Redeemed Israel Community of Nazarenes Association (RICON) in conjunction with the Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI), the bodies conducting the Deoxyribonuleic Acid (DNA) test to know the relationship between the Igbos and the Jews, yesterday assured that the result of the test expected in August will not be manipulated.
The groups during a press briefing in Nnewi, on behalf of RICON Committee on DNA test, President of RICON, Bishop Ignatius Orizu, who was flanked by his Secretary, Moreh Abraham Ndukwe, DNA Committee Chairman, Elder Ben Ikeyeh and Yahi, RICON Financial Secretary and DNA Committee Secretary Win Gozie Aguh, said specimens of males were randomly selected from nine South East and South South states where the Igbos are found.
He said, “RICON, the sole facilitator of the programme and investigation randomly picked people from the states like, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Delta, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States, and they willingly submitted their saliva swap samples for the DNA test to the medical team of JVMI.
So far, the test has commenced and the Global Director of JVMI Ezra Watnik, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and successful collation of the saliva swap samples, describing the event as historic for the Igbo race.
He said the journey to ascertain the speculation and mythological belief that the Igbos have relationship with the Jewish started in 2007 shortly after founding RICON, whose vision was the unification and championing of the cause of Messianic Jews of Nigeria.