By Mike Ubani
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Chief Egwu Chima, has warned former Senate President Adolphus Wabara, to desist from making utterances capable of destabilizing the country.
Chima, a former chairman, Afikpo South LGA of Ebonyi state made the call at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Abakaliki.
The former senate president had in an interview he granted a national daily newspaper (not The AUTHORITY) accused President Muhammadu Buhari, of working on an agenda to make Nigeria an Islamic state for the benefit of Fulani people.
Chima described the statement as “unpatriotic” and an “orchestrated plot to derail the present administration by desperate politicians.”
He said that as a respected Igbo leader and politician, Wabara should not indulge in utterances capable of escalating tensions in the polity.
Wabara was quoted as saying that “Fulanisation” of Nigeria is an agenda that must be accomplished and for this reason, the South-East should perish the hope of taking over from Buhari in 2023.”
He further said that Buhari would not hand over to anyone not interested in continuing with the project of making Nigeria a full Muslim state, adding that the signs are already manifesting.
But Chima said the quest for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023, was achievable if Igbo leaders would come together, unite and maintain a common position.
He urged the Igbo not to despair, but join hands with the government of Buhari to fast-track development in the country.
Said Chima: “Among the things credited to Wabara in the press interview he granted recently was one which quoted him as saying that ‘the presidency of Nigeria will elude the Igbo in 2023’ and I start asking myself why should he make such a statement.
“Wabara permanently belongs to the leadership consulting group in this country, whether in power or out of power, having been a former president of the Senate.
“I am disappointed at the statement because people of his stature are not supposed to say that. They are the people who should stand and say this is the turn of the Igbo people.
“Therefore, for me and for people like me, Nigeria presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023 will come to pass and no statement or plan by any human being can stop it except God and God will not.”
Chima enjoined Igbo elite and politicians to begin to strategise early and reach out to other ethnic groups on the presidency project.