Nigerian soldiers razed at least six synagogues run by Jewish adherents of the local Igbo ethnic tribe last week in southern Rivers State, located in Nigeria’s Biafra region, the Jerusalem Post reported on November 14.
Members of the Nigerian Army bulldozed the houses of worship as part of a crackdown on Jewish adherents in the region ordered by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, the Israeli newspaper reported, citing a 9Africa report from November 7.
“Campaigning for the secession of the former Easter region of Nigeria is a group called the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is led by an exiled activist named Nnamdi Kanu, who identifies as Jewish. The group has been outlawed,” the Post explained.
The majority of Biafra is populated by members of the Igbo ethnic group, most of whom are Christians. A minority of Igbo identify as Jews. Many of these Jewish adherents are affiliated with the IPOB. The Nigerian government has designated the IPOB