Xenophobia: House Of Rep Honour Air Peace Boss, Allen Onyema
The House of Representatives on Wednesday honoured the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Peace Airline, Chief Allen Onyema, for the prompt evacuation of the victims of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Chief Onyema who was admitted into the Special plenary session in his honour was accorded a standing ovation by the members of the Green Chamber.
Speaking during the session, the Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, stated that the House will a make case to the Federal Government to confer on Chief Onyema, a national honour for his outstanding and patriotic attitude during the unfortunate incident.
In his remarks, the Air Peace boss thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.
“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.
“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.
“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the federal government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.
Onyema, however, pleaded with the Federal Government to look critically into the plights of those Nigerians who lost their lives and property during the incident.
Onyema was invited to the green chambers and recommended for a national award, after he used his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa, following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.
Another set of about 319 people also returned to the Nigeria last night.