Allen Onyema (right in red cap) welcoming the South African returnees
The Director-General (DG), National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, has joined millions of well-meaning Nigerians that are commending the Air Peace Chief Executive Officer, Mr Allen Onyema, for his generosity and prompt evacuation of Nigerians that were unfortunately caught up in the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The commendation was contained in a statement by Runsewe’s media aide, Mr Frank Meke. He said many lost their means of livelihood to massive looting, while others were intimidated to leave South Africa. He added, “Onyeama deserves our support and appreciation; he has shown capacity and candor, attributes expected of those privileged to be at the forefront of our socio-economic and political development.
“His humility and humanity are engaging and resonates with the true culture of our people as their brothers’ keeper.” 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.
Runsewe also commended the efforts of Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, the entire staff as well as all who played key roles in making sure that our people who were being killed by South African and evacuated. Again he said, “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. “We wish to emphasise that Nigerians should be culturally sensitive and emulate the good gesture of the Air Peace chairman who remains our model of how to be a true Nigerian. “Allen Onyema, 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.