ThePeriscopeNews has with delight obtained permission to publish in parts the Diaries of HRH Igwe Chris Ejiofor who served as the ADC to Ikemba Ndigbo Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; the former Head of the state of the Federal Republic of Biafra..
In the next weeks,we shall educate and inform our readers on the intriguing, unrevealed escapades, challenges and exploits of the Biafrans during the Civil war between Biafra and Nigeria from 1967-1970.
PART 3 RETURNING TO OUR COMMON JEWISH TRADITION
A nation abandoned by God becomes a stronghold for Satan to operate in.
In the days of Moses a whole generation wandered the desert for 40 years and some dispersed to unknown lands, but the majority perished because of their lack of faith in God Almighty.
Ndigbo already have a common ground through our Traditional Rulers organisations already operative in our land to set up a working committee that would articulate our Traditional common laws that binds us all to our Jewish origin and a booklet published that would henceforth be taught in our schools from Primary school level as part of the curriculum.
1. NSO NWANYI
In Igboland all women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband’s quarters when a woman is in her period, she is seen as unclean.
Myself in particular upheld this law which I learned from Ozo Chikelu my great Uncle and confirmed in the bible, such that my wife could not cook for me in those years before her menopause began, nor could my daughter. That was why all our boys (now Princes) were taught how to cook as they were growing up.
Leviticus 15: 19-20 states that When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean”.
2. ALA OBI
An Igbo man’s ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.
1 king 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.
3. IKUCHI NWANYI
Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brothers wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man’s brother to marry her.
4. IGBA ODIBO
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six(6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.
5. IRI JI
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam.
New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop.
Those old days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It’s a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a Thanksgiving.
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you.
Celebrate in the lord’s presence together with your children, servants, foreigners . Be sure that you obey my command, said the lord.
6. IBE UGWU
In Igboland it’s a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.
In Igboland, there is a practice known as “ile omugwo “. After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of her, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. In which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom’s only assignment will be to breastfeed the new baby.
This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.
Our ancestors have long practiced these traditions ever before the Christian missionaries set foot on our land.
Once the conference of Igbo Traditional Rulers complete the compilation of these biblical traditions then a renegotiation with the Christian Missionary Church could be sought if necessary as a basis for our united development unique to our culture.
Ndigbo can from there begin to function with the authority of our Almighty God Chukwu-Okike-Abiama having a common ground to operate as a force to be reckoned with.
Today 6th July 2020 is the 53rd anniversary of the passing of some of my military colleagues who were among the first to die for Biafra when the Nigerian army began their offensive against us at the Ogola boundaries of Biafra. I lost some of my closest friends who had attended the Miltary School with me at Zaria. May their memories never fade away as they rest in peace. Amen
PART 4 SALVATION FOR NDIGBO AS A NATION
Brethren the revelation I received from the Messenger of God who spoke to me in Igbo language at St Michael’s Catholic Church Awgu in October 1967 gave me two parable tales, one of which is:
“Supposing you are the father who came back home and your wife tells you that an aggressor had been to your house to cause trouble for the family, what would you do? You would go to meet that person to see if you can resolve the problem. Supposing the person decides to attack you, what would you do? You would engage him and defend yourself. Then supposing whilst you are defending yourself, news comes to you that your house is on fire. What fo you do? You would give up defending yourself and go home to quench the fire. Then after rebuilding your house……………… “
The above part of that message had summarised the plight of Biafra though its meaning was hidden to my understanding at the time. From hindsight I can now see that only 3 months after the war began, the Angel had revealed to me that Biafra would give up fighting the aggressor and go home to quench the fire burning his house and fix his property before doing what he next told me.
The message clearly stated that the father had two enemies, a) the one he was engaging in a fire and b) another who had set fire to his house. The father had to surrender fighting his first enemy and go home to attend to his burning house set by the other enemy he had not anticipated.
Ndigbo are very fortunate that God had revealed these evil things through me at St Michael’s Catholic Church Awgu before He sent me to become ADC to Biafra’s Head of State, who unfortunately refused to hear the message like many doubters of today.
Among other things the Angel said was what made me realise that our ancestors were of Jewish origin. I cannot go into that today. But the bottom line is that Ndigbo must go back to the worship of their One and only true God Yahweh, Chukwu-Okike-Abiama and destroy all our other deities worship practices, the Alushies etc if we true wish to be delivered from our current predicament.
It is very interesting what the Quran states about the Jews:
Surah 45:16-17 states “And indeed We gave the children of Israel the Scripture, and the understanding of the Scripture and its laws, and the Prophethood, and provided them with good things, and preferred them above the mankind and jinn of their time, during that period.
And We gave them clear proofs in matters by revealing to them the Torah. And they differed not until after the knowledge came to them through envy among themselves. Verily your Lord will judge between them on the day of Resurrection about that wherein they used to differ.
Let him who has ears hear the words of God.
By HRH Igwe Chris Ejiofor ADC Biafra 7/7/20
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