Recently pictures of the US president Donald Trump and Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wearing an identical prayer shawl surfaced online, these pictures have led to speculations.
The prayer shawl they are both wearing is called a Tallit. A Tallit is a fringed garment traditionally worn by religious Jews.
The Tallit has special twined and knotted fringes known as 'tzitzit' attached to its four corners. The cloth part is known as the "beged" and is usually made from wool or cotton, although silk is sometimes used for a tallit gadol.
Tallit has many meanings. It can refer either to the "tallit katan", an item that can be worn over or under clothing and commonly referred to as "tzitzit", or the "tallit gadol", a Jewish prayer shawl worn over the outer clothes during the morning prayers (Shacharit) and worn during all prayers on Yom Kippur.
In September 2016, Donald Trump while still a presidential candidate was draped in a Jewish prayer shawl by a pastor during a visit to a black church in Detroit.
Bishop Wayne Jackson of the Great Faith Ministries placed the tallit on Trump’s shoulders and said: “I want to just put this on you." This is how the above picture came about.
Nnamdi Kanu wore the prayer shawl to his court appearance on January 12, 2017. And many have linked it to the claims that the Igbo people are Jews by origin.
There have been claims that new president of the United States is a supported of the struggle for Biafra and this led to the recent IPOB protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The protest led to one confirmed death by the police, but according to the IPOB, more than 200 were killed or abducted by the police.