Against the backdrop of the xenophobic attacks, domestic air carrier, Air Peace has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, offering to send an aircraft from Friday to evacuate Nigerians residing in South Africa who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.”
Spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.
In its letter, the Airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide described the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa as an unfortunate event while urging the Federal Government to facilitate the rescue of stranded Nigerians in South Africa.
She said, “We cannot fold our hands and watch our fellow Nigerians being killed by South Africans.
“To this end, Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian government‘s effort in this matter by deploying our B777 aircraft immediately to South Africa to evacuate Nigerians back home.”
The Chairman of the airline, Mr Allen Onyema, while sympathising with the Nigerian victims’ families who lost their lives and properties in the attacks, said Air Peace decided to bring back Nigerians in support of the action already taken by the Federal Government.