Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyeama, was left in tears as he welcomed Nigerians who were returning from South Africa following the recent Xenophobic attacks in the country.
The Air Peace flight which conveyed some Nigerians who left South Africa over xenophobic attacks touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at exactly 9:35pm on Wednesday.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), led officials to receive them.
Also on ground to welcome them back home are officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among others.
This is such an emotional video.
CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema receives a round of applause and hugs from Nigerians, who he gave free flights to from South Africa due to xenophobia. pic.twitter.com/s6y76kWASg
— Isima (@IsimaOdeh) September 12, 2019
Onyeama, went aboard the plane to welcome the Nigerians back and he was applauded by the grateful citizens who hailed him and thanked him for his role in bringing them back.
Speaking to journalists after, Onyeama said:
“I put together over N280 million in other to bring these people back, Air Peace decided to bring them free of charge, nobody paid us a dime, we decided to do it free of charge for our country and for our people.”
“When I stepped inside the aircraft to welcome them, they mobbed me and started singing the Nigerian national anthem, there was nobody there singing about separation, they felt proud to be Nigerian, they rose in unison, that drew tears from me.”