The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace airline, Mr Allen Onyema on Wednesday received a standing ovation from members of the House of Representatives.
Mr Onyema was invited by the House to be appreciated and commended for offering free services in bringing home, Nigerian citizens affected by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, shortly after the opening prayers, suspended temporarily the Order Paper in the chamber to allow the lawmakers to receive Mr Onyema for recognition.
As Mr Onyema stepped into the chamber, the lawmakers gave him a rousing welcome and standing ovation to express their appreciation.
Mr Gbajabiamila described his action as a rare show of patriotism that ought to be celebrated.
The Speaker commended him for the role played in the wake of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa.
Mr Gbajabiamila said “We hereby commend Mr Allen Onyeama and recommend him to the federal government for higher honours in Nigeria’’.
The CEO of Air Peace airline, Mr Allen Oyemama thanked the lawmakers for the honour and promised to do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian and also seized the opportunity to call for unity across the country.
“I have never been so honored in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the federal government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.
Mr Oyemama called on the Federal Government, to look into the losses and victims of attacks in South Africa, promising that Air Peace, is ready to evacuate Nigerians from that country.
The Leader of the House, Mr Ado Doguwa from Kano State followed with a motion to admit MD of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, seconded by the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
Mr Doguwa said the gesture would encourage other Nigerians saying that what the house has done is giving honour to whom honour is due.
The Minority Leader of the House, Mr Godwin Elumelu from Delta said the efforts of the airline has brought honour to Nigeria.