The 75-year-old Diplomat and elder statesman who made the lamentation in a chat with the press said he could still not reconcile why the political hawks in Nigeria were afraid of the Igbo man.
He said: ” I may not be alive to see an Igbo man become President of Nigeria. It’s so painful and it gives me concern. I don’t know why Nigeria does not seem to have trust in us.
“But the fact remains that an Igbo man can fix Nigeria if given the opportunity. But unfortunately, some forces seem not to be comfortable with this.
”The Igbo man has proved his mettle and thrives virtually in every field of human endeavour, yet, Nigeria does not believe in allowing him to come to power. There is no doubt we will make Nigeria great if allowed to be President.
”Unknown to these forces, as long as the Igbo man is down politically, the entire country will be down! Nigeria has nothing to lose but all to gain if an Igbo man is allowed and supported to take a shot at the Presidency”.
Senator Wabara further argued that Igbo are the most de-tribalised ethnic group in Nigeria, “which has sacrificed, and is ready to sacrifice so much for the unity of Nigeria.”
” It’s only when an Igbo man becomes the President of this country that we can right all the wrongs stagnating Nigeria.
”An Igbo President will not behave like Buhari or Asiwaju. We are not tribalistic. An Igbo man will deny himself or his brother a position if that position is not justifiable.
”An Igbo man believes in ‘ live and let’s live’. An Igbo man will be a President, and if you get to his office and speak Igbo, he will tell you: ‘My friend, Igbo is not the official language here!’
“We can only speak our language at home. But go to official quarters today even the Central Bank, and you will be wondering if you are in Hausa or Yoruba land .”
On the way forward, Senator Wabara renewed his earlier proposal for a six-year single tenure for President.
This, according to him, will help eliminate the desperation for a second tenure and all that goes with it, and also allow every geo-political zone to produce a President once every 36 years.
Insisting that every geo-political zone has competent hands that can pilot the affairs of the country if given the opportunity, the former Senate President, strongly advocated the adoption of the proposal.