Results of the Deoxyribonuleic Acid (DNA) Test conducted by visiting Jewish scientists to determine the famed relationship between the Igbo people of Nigeria and the Jewish people of Israel would be published in August 2017.
Hundreds of Igbo people from the South-eastern Nigeria had trooped out to participate in the test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo people migrated from that part of the world.
The Ikedife Hospital, located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State, is playing host to the Israeli-Yaweh group while people from different parts of Igbo land have thronged the place to take part in the cell screening exercise.
The group came into the country to take a random sampling of cells from the people in the South-east for studies to carry out a DNA analysis and comparison in Houston Texas, USA.
Speaking to newsmen on the development, former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, and owner of the hospital said there had been stories of Jewish/Igbo relations based on archaeological discoveries and mythology, saying he facilitated the Jewish scientist to come and prove the mythology.
“The idea is to establish scientifically the relationship of the two groups of people. It is necessary to satisfy the curiosity and answer the question in the minds of many for quite some time.
“The world has gone advanced, cellular examination can be used to establish the claim or otherwise of this kind of belief. In this modern time, such claims of relationship should not be left in the domain of mythological theories alone There is need to subject the claim to scientific proof.
“If at the end of the day, it is confirmed that we are relations, we would remain brothers and friends, but if it proved negative we remain friends. My curiosity is based on the fact that I studied Anthropology as well as Medicine, the result of the cell examination is expected to be out in August this year,” he said.