Xenophobia: Clergyman offers to evacuate more Nigerians from South Africa

Titi Bamigboye, Abuja

Apostle Johnson Suleman, presiding pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide


A Nigerian clergyman Apostle Johnson Suleman, on Thursday, September 12 said he was ready to airlift more Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa.

The presiding pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide signaled his interest to offer free flight ticket for evacuation of more nationals from the country.

Apostle Suleman made this known on his verified twitter handle @APOSTLESULEMAN. According to him, he is ready to pay for flight tickets for 20 Nigerians who are willing to come home from South Africa.

This gesture comes after a Nigerian airline AirPeace started free evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa over xenophobic attacks on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that the chairman of AirPeace, Allen Onyema, had volunteered to release aircraft free of charge for evacuation of Nigerians willing to return home.

“Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian government’s efforts in this matter by deploying our aircraft to evacuate Nigerians back home. “The chairman of the Air Peace also advised the returnees against making payment to anyone for their flights to Lagos.”

The AirPeace owner could not contain his emotion during his interaction with the Returnees who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport at about 9.30 pm on Wednesday, September 11.

The Returnees were received by the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and some other government officials.