…As Apostle Suleiman buys 20 flight tickets for Nigerians in South Africa***
Mr. Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has commended the Air Peace Chief Executive Officer, Mr Allen Onyema, for his prompt evacuation of Nigerians caught up in the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, hours after the Presiding Pastor, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Auchi, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, says he has ordered some 20 tickets to assist in airlifting more Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa.
Runsewe, also appreciated Onyema for being culturally sensitive to the cries of Nigerians who wished to return back to Nigeria aftermath of the xenophobic attacks on them in South Africa. He stated this in a statement given to journalists in Lagos by his media aide, Mr. Frank Meke, noting that many lost their means of livelihood to massive looting, while others were intimidated to leave South Africa.
“Onyeama deserves our support and appreciation; he has shown capacity and candor, attributes expected of those privileged to be in the forefront of our socioeconomic and political development.
“His humility and humanity are engaging and resonates with the true culture of our people as their brothers’ keeper,” Runsewe said in a statement.
He said that he would create time to visit Onyeama to convey his appreciation for his deep understanding of the Nigerian culture of brotherhood which engenders unity and sacrifice.
“We at NCAC are happy for this very significant rescue mission to get Nigerians out of trouble, and we pray that our country will rebound and have good cultural narratives to share with the world.
“We appreciate all those who have contributed to this mission to bring Nigerians back.
“Allen Oyeama, in the heat of the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians willing to return on Pro Bono,” he said.
Mr Allen Onyema evacuated a good number of Nigerian nationals who landed safely in Lagos on Wednesday evening in what was dubbed an expatriation flight out of South Africa.
Hundreds of Nigerian nationals have indicated their desire to leave the country due to the ongoing attacks against foreign-owned shops. (NAN)
Meanwhile, the Presiding Pastor, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Auchi, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has ordered 20 air tickets to assist in airlifting more Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa.
Suleiman said this on Thursday in his verified twitter handle @APOSTLESULEMAN in Auchi, Edo, adding that he had ordered for flight tickets following the xenophobic attacks on them and their property by South Africans.
“Just heard 900 Nigerians want to return home from South Africa. I asked the flight tickets to be bought for 20 Nigerians in South Africa who want to return home.
“I will take care of the cost. Please register at our church in Johannesburg.
“We will airlift more by God’s grace. God keeps you all alive,” the cleric said in his tweet.
The Air Peace on Wednesday transported the first batch of 178 Nigerians back to the country from South Africa.
The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema had volunteered to release aircraft, free of charge, for evacuation of Nigerians willing to return home following the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian government’s efforts in this matter by deploying our aircraft to evacuate Nigerians back home,” Onyema said.
The chairman of the Airline advised the returnees against making payment to anyone for their flights to Lagos.
The Nigeria Consul General in South Africa, Godwin Adama, in an interview on Thursday said that more Nigerians were still coming to register to be airlifted back home.
Adama disclosed that the number of Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa, following the xenophobic attacks, had increased from initial 640 to over 1,000.