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What Anambra Assembly asked Buhari to do for Air Peace CEO

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The Anambra State House of Assembly urged the federal government to make Air Peace Airline a national airline for its contributions to the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in South Africa.

Lawmakers have also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give chief Allen Onyema, president of Air Peace, a national honor for his philanthropic gestures and contribution to human development.

The resolution was followed by a motion by Dr. Pascal Agbodike (Ihiala Il) and with the support of 28 other people, approved unanimously in the plenary session.

Agbodike moved the movement to a special session in honor of Onyema, said the head of Air Peace transported the Nigerians in danger outside South Africa for free.

He described Onyema as: “a humble, non-tribalistic, generous, humanitarian and patriotic Nigerian who deserved to be recognised.

“It is on record that his airline is a reputable one, and has won awards such as 2019 Best Carrier in West Africa, 2019 Local Airline of the Year, and many others.

“Air Peace was also used, as a chattered flight to transport the victorious Super Eagles after successfully securing the third place position in the just concluded 2019 AFCON hosted in Egypt.

“Onyema, through his NGO, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, was instrumental to the peaceful settlement between the Federal Government and the Niger Delta militants.

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“In view of this act of national service and selflessness, Chief Onyema truly deserves a national honour,” he said.

Contributing, Mr Nonso Okafor (Nnewi), said Chief Onyema should be given a national honour lesser than the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

“He is not a politician or a government official; he is just an individual, and yet he played a very great role in our nation.

“Conferring him with a national honour is not negotiable, he earned it,” Okafor said.

Also, Dr Pete Ibida (Njikoka ll), described Onyema as a nationalist who believed in the unity of Nigeria and a man of universal character.

“He is a pride to the ‘Igbos’ and to Nigeria as a whole. A national award is not enough, his airline should be made a national carrier,” Ibida said.

In his remarks, Mr Obinna Emeneka (Anambra East), also described Onyema as a man with deep sense of patriotism, generosity and humility, urging Nigerians to emulate his virtues.

According to him, if Nigerians begin to show love, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds like Onyema did, Nigeria will be a better country.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, commended Onyema for solely volunteered to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians in the hands of South Africans.