Air Peace Airlines has volunteered to bring back Nigerians stranded in South Africa.
Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this development in a statement sent to Okay.ng on Wednesday.
The statement reads: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday 6th September 2019, to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.
“Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement.”
The airline owner, Allen Onyama, in letter to the ministry stated the readiness to bring back Nigerians home.
“The xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa is an unfortunate incident, and we cannot fold our hands and watch our fellow Nigerians be killed by South Africans.
“To this end, Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian government’s effort in this matter by deploying our B777aircraft immediately to South Africa to bring Nigerians back home.
“We humbly plead with the Federal government to please inform the Nigerian Embassy and the South African government to rescue the stranded Nigerians by transporting them to the airport to allow Air Peace evacuate them back to Nigeria,” the letter stated.