Air Peace, the leading airline in Nigeria is to fly in the first batch of 320 Nigerians to the Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Nigeria today.
This is just as the Consul General described Air Peace gesture as unprecedented
Air Peace gesture which is voluntarily airlifting Nigerian in South Africa is in support of the Federal Government, said about 320 persons would be brought back into the country in the flight that would be expected to land at the Hajj and cargo terminal of the Lagos airport by 1:00 pm Nigerian time.
The flight left MMIA last night at 11:30 pm and it is expected to take off from Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg by 9:00 am South Africa time to arrive this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Consul General to South Africa, Godwin Adama has described Air Peace offer to bring back Nigerians attacked in South Africa as unprecedented gesture and expressed gratitude to the airline for the offer.
Recalled that following the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa, more than 600 Nigerians have registered for evacuation from the country.
Air Peace has scheduled to make turn back flight to bring the citizens back today and tomorrow, if the Nigerian High Commission is able to complete the documetation in time for the second bacth of Nigerians to be returned to their motherland.
It is coming following the approval by the Federal Government that any Nigerian that is willing to return home should indicate interest.
Speaking on the planned airlift, Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema said the airline decided to airlift Nigerians in order to support the federal government.
“We want to send a signal to the world that Nigerians are their brother’s keeper and I support the federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari who would have done the same as private citizen, knowing the role he played when Nigeria faced similar challenge as a military officer. We are offering free trip to Nigerians in South Africa to return home after going through the traumatic experience of the attacks. Air Peace has said this is free and we are doing it in solidarity with the federal government,” Onyema said.
Investigations show that it took some time for the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa to register the Nigerians at Johannesburg and Pretoria billed to travel.