Mr. Allen Onyema, the CEO Air Peace, earlier today met with the members of the National House of Representatives following the free evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa.
Onyema noted that the evacuation of Nigerians from SA has brought respect to Nigeria across the world.
“That singular act has brought so much respect for Nigeria worldwide,” the Air Peace CEO said.
He further noted that South Africa is suffering for the attacks by its citizens on black Africans, saying that stocks in the country were falling and flights now go empty to SA.
Speaking about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s apology to Nigeria and other African countries, Onyema said that; “it wouldn’t have happened if the evacuation hadn’t taken place,” he said.
Mr. Onyema who was applauded by the lawmakers further said that xenophobia in South Africa will soon die a natural death.
“The kind of support we have got from Nigerians through commendations and everything gladden our hearts to the extent that my pilot and cabin crew stood for 24 hours because they (South African authorities) tried to frustrate us. They didn’t want us to evacuate, they pleaded with the Nigerian High Commission not to do it. But they (the commission) told them that they (South African authorities) could not stop the private citizens. They delayed us for 15 hours before allowing us to do the first evacuation,” he said.
“In the last one week, this country has bonded. No more Hausa, no more Yoruba, no more Igbo. Let me use this opportunity to plead with all of you here, the representatives of our people; as long as we fight against each other, we shall not have a nation. It is only when we start fighting for each other that can we have a nation,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.