Kerala to mark UN Arabic Language Day

Updated 15 December 2013
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Kerala to mark UN Arabic Language Day

A renowned South Indian group which runs a chain of religious and general educational institutions in the state of Kerala has lined up a host of events in the run-up to the UN Arabic Language Day celebrations.
Organizers of the event said the Fiesta Arabia, comprising various programs, would commence at the Ma’din Academy center in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram district of Kerala on Sunday. Speakers and contestants from nine Indian states and seven leading universities in the country will participate in the event. Giving the details of the program, Ibraheemul Khaleelul Bukhari, chairman of the Ma’din Academy said, “The program aims at celebrating the cultural and literary tradition of Arabic language as well as promoting the awareness of Arabic across the nation.”
Bukhari said the three-day event will also examine the influence of Arabic on other languages and various civilizations.
A national elocution contest in Arabic language will also be organized in this regard. The winners will be awarded gold medals and certificates.
Kerala has hundreds of religious schools imparting Arabic language courses. The state-run colleges also offer bachelors degree in Arabic language.
In 2010, UNESCO declared Dec. 18 as the World Arabic Language Day to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity across the world.

This is for the first time the day is being celebrated in the state which has a major chunk of Indian workers in the Gulf states. UN General Assembly approved Arabic as an official language in 1973.
Ma’din Academy will also award scholars who have made outstanding contributions to Arabic language. The prizes will be distributed at the concluding ceremony of the event.


Resurfaced Biafran separatist leader claims he is in Israel

Nnamdi Kanu
Updated 1 min 28 sec ago
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Resurfaced Biafran separatist leader claims he is in Israel

  • I owe my survival to the State of Israel: Kanu
  • Kanu heads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement

ABUJA: Missing pro-Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu gave a radio broadcast on Sunday saying he was in Israel, suggesting he owed his survival to the Jewish state.

Kanu, a former London estate agent, heads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement and the outlawed pirate radio station Radio Biafra but has not been seen in public since September last year.

He maintains the Igbo people, who are in the majority in southeast Nigeria, are a lost tribe of Israel and it is his mission to lead them to the promised land of Biafra.

There had been fevered speculation that Kanu was in Israel after a video live-streamed on Friday via the Facebook accounts of his known associates appeared to show him praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, sparking questions over how he had managed to leave Nigeria.

Speculation 

Kanu is facing treason charges in his homeland and had been on bail at the time troops were deployed to his home city of Umuahia in Abia state, southeast Nigeria, in September 2017.

He then failed to show at his trial in the capital, Abuja, sparking speculation as to his whereabouts.

In Sunday’s broadcast on Radio Biafra, Kanu declared: “I’m in Israel.” 

“I owe my survival to the State of Israel,” he added, referencing the country’s Mossad spy agency but without specifying what kind of support Israeli authorities may have given him.

But he vowed to return to his homeland and called on his followers to boycott upcoming elections in Nigeria.

“I will be back soon in the land of Biafra and I will bring hell with me,” he said.

“IPOB will liberate Biafra and we will not take part in any elections until we get a referendum, it is not negotiable, we will do it by any means,” he added.

A previous unilateral declaration of independence by the Igbo people in 1967 sparked a brutal 30-month civil war that left more than one million dead.

Questions have been raised about how Kanu was able to get to Israel, as he had to surrender his Nigerian and British passports after his arrest.

In Friday’s video the man at the Western Wall bore a clear resemblance to Kanu and was dressed in sandals, white trousers, a white Jewish prayer shawl and skull cap.

Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, told AFP the footage was of his brother and was shot on Friday. He also spoke to him directly and said he was “fine.”