Onyeama hails Air Peace for the successful evacuation of Nigerians.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, lauded the Chairman of Air Peace Airline, Allen Onyeama, for the successful evacuation of the first batch of 187 Nigerians from South Africa.
The Ministry’s Crises Monitoring and Public Communication Officer, Kimiebi Ebienfa, released the statement on Thursday, after the successful evacuation.
Reacting to the evacuation, Onyeama commended the chairman of the airline for saving the lives of many Nigerians trapped in the former apartheid nation.
“The Aircraft conveying the Nigerians arrived the Murtala Muhammed 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 said.
About 187 Nigerians arrived Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night out of 640 Nigerians who indicated interest in returning home.