- Allen Onyema, the chief executive officer of Air Peace, has disclosed that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa cost him over N280 million
- Free flights had been offered by the airline to Nigerians seeking to return home
- The CEO said when he stepped inside the aircraft upon its arrival, the returnees mobbed him and started singing the Nigerian anthem
Allen Onyema, the chief executive officer of Air Peace, has disclosed that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa cost him over N280 million.
The CEO made the disclosure on Thursday, September 12 in a chat with newsmen, following the return of 187 Nigerians from South Africa over xenophobic attacks, Leadership reports.
Legit.ng notes that free flights had been offered by the airline to Nigerians seeking to return home.
Onyema said: “I put together over N280 million in order to bring these people back.
“Air Peace decided to bring them free of charge; nobody paid us a dime, we decided to do it free of charge for our country and for our people.
“When I stepped inside the aircraft to welcome them, they mobbed me and started singing the Nigerian national anthem.
“There was nobody there singing about separation. They felt proud to be Nigerians, they rose in unison, that drew tears from me.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that barely twenty four hours after the Air Peace airline started free evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa over xenophobic attacks, another Nigerian signaled interest to offer free flight tickets for evacuation of more Nigerians from the country
The gesture was made by the presiding pastor, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, on Thursday, as he said he was ready to airlift more Nigerians willing to return home.
Apostle Suleman made this known on his verified Twitter handle @APOSTLESULEMAN.
He announced that he would pay for 20 flight tickets for Nigerians who have made the decision to come home from South Africa.
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