Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has lauded Air Peace Airline for the successful evacuation of the first batch of 178 Nigerians willing to return from South Africa.
Mr Onyeama commended the proprietor and management of Air Peace Airlines while receiving 178 Nigerians that voluntarily decided to return to Nigeria following the incessant cases of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
A Statement from the Ministry’s Crises Monitoring and Public Communications Division said this following the successful evacuation mission on Thursday.
The Minister who was represented by the acting Director, Southern African Affairs Division, Mr Chuks Jonathan assured the people that government would continue to protect lives and properties of Nigerians in Diaspora.
“The Aircraft conveying the Nigerians arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at 9.23 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs also promised that the second batch of the evacuation exercise will commence soonest after working out necessary modalities with the Nigerian Mission in South Africa.
“However, the Minister uses this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians in South Africa to remain calm and patient. “As Federal Government is engaging all relevant stakeholders towards finding permanent measures to the unfortunate xenophobic attacks on Nigerians,” the statement reads.
The Proprietor of the Air Peace Airline, Mr Allen Onyeama had on September 5, volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians willing to return from South Africa free of charge, following the xenophobia attacks.
About 640 Nigerians have indicated their desire to return from South Africa and had registered to do so.