The House of Representatives has recommended chief Allen Onyema, chairman/ chief executive officer (CEO) of Air Peace Airlines, for national honour for evacuating Nigerians stranded in South Africa at no cost following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in that country.
The House recommended Onyema for the national award after he appeared at the green chamber during Wednesday’s plenary session.
The House also resolved to make Air Peace their main carrier.
The Lawmakers invited Onyema to honour him for offering to bring Nigerians caught up in the xenophobic attacks in South Africa back home at no cost.
Addressing the House, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Onyema should be commended for the kind gesture, adding that the act was a rare show of patriotism that ought to be celebrated.
According to the Speaker, “we hereby commend Mr Allen Onyema and recommend him to the federal government for higher honours in Nigeria”.
The speaker directed that the letter recommending Onyema for a national award should be transmitted to the presidency immediately
Responding to the recommendation and accolades, the chairman of Air Peace appreciated the House for the honour, saying it is the greatest in his life.
In his words: “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.”