The National House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to honour Chief Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace, over his patriotic role in the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa.
The lawmakers held a session in honour of Mr. Onyema for the free air services he offered stranded Nigerians in SA xenophobic attack.
The House passed a resolution asking Buhari to give Onyema a national award. The lawmakers also noted that Air Peace would always be given first priority when flying to any part of Nigeria.
Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, confirmed that they had recommended Onyema for a national honour.
“I believe that we are all witnesses to what he has done for our brothers and sisters in the last couple of weeks. We watched the scenes of Nigerians on TV being reunited with their families and friends; the emotional scenes was brought about or made possible by only one man among many men; a businessman who is into business like every other businessman to make money, but who sacrificed his wealth and business, and at no cost – and I dare say at a loss – deployed his aircraft to bring back our brothers and sisters who were facing danger in South Africa.
“This is a feat that should be commended. And we hereby commend Mr Allen Onyema and recommend you to the Federal Government for higher honour in Nigeria.”
While addressing the lawmakers, Onyema said; “you have brought tears to my eyes again. I have never been so honoured in my life,” as he received standing ovation from the lawmakers.
We reported what Onyema told the lawmakers on Wednesday.
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