Nigerians may be forced to become Fulani-Muslims by 2031, ex-Senate President says

Every Nigeria may be forced to become Muslims and Fulanis by 2031 if things should remain the way it is, former Senate President Adolphus Wabara has said.

The former number three man stated this in an interview published by Sunday Sun on why the Northern region will retain power beyond 2023.

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Wabara, who was an Abia Senator between 1999 until 2007, emphatically said that another Northerner will emerge after the end of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, “In 2023, a Northerner will also emerge and we will vote for them because that is what we bargained for.

“When the Northerner finishes, maybe by 2031, maybe by that time, we must have all turned to Muslims and Fulanis so there will be no need to look for any Igbo man to be president. It may sound funny, but the way we are going…just watch as events unfold,” the former Senator stated.

Wabara said he strongly advised former President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest for 2011 Presidential poll in order to prepare the ground for a Southern presidency by 2019.

“I told the president then (President Jonathan) not to contest that election in 2011. That was the only time I walked into his office, I was allowed to see him and I advised him not to run for that election.”

The former member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that Jonathan should be held responsible for the suffering of the region because of his political ambition.

“Whatever that we are suffering today is Goodluck Jonathan, not PDP, mind you there is a difference between the PDP and the individual called Goodluck Jonathan, he is the one that caused all this problem in Nigeria because of his inordinate ambition.”

He said he had advised the former president to complete the tenure of his former boss Late Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua and wait till 2019.

Yar’Adua died on May 5, 2010 and his vice, Jonathan, was sworn in to complete his term, but the former Bayelsa governor contested under the PDP in 2011 and won. He also contested in 2015, but was defeated by the incumbent APC candidate.

Wabara who posited that he doesn’t care what people of his region say about his opinion said: “I advised him not to contest that he could complete the term of Yar’Adua constitutionally, but that he should please go back to Otueke after giving Nigeria a very credible election via a workable and Electoral Act.

“I told him that after being president on the acting capacity for Yar’Adua for two years that he should go back to his village and that by 2019, Nigerians will look for him to come and be president.

“I told him he was still young and that age is on his side, but he had his own inordinate ambition. I told him you cannot complete their (North) tenure.

He said Jonathan should have given the Northern region the opportunity to complete their eight years when their son died in office, “which is allowed by the constitution, so allow them to complete their remaining four years, but he refused.”

The Abia politician said he also advised the former president to conduct an election that is free, fair and credible “where a Northerner will emerge to complete their term.”

He said it would be difficult for power to “come back to the South; it will be difficult if not impossible for power to come back South.”

Wabara resigned as Senate President on April 2005 after allegations were made that he and others took a $400,000 bribe from the education minister, Fabian Osuji.