The South-East Governors Forum, on Wednesday, announced their support for Allen Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, over the money laundering allegation levelled against him by the United States Department of Justice.
Onyema was accused by the United States of laundering over 20 million dollars from Nigeria through US bank accounts in a move to purchase some aeroplanes.
The US government has filed charges against the Igbo businessman, indicting him for fraud and fake documents among other issues.
The five governors in the South-East, in a statement, said the insinuation that some Nigerians or government officials were against Onyema “to pull him down” was false.
The forum has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up and protect Onyema from the crisis which may affect his business.
“The insinuation that some Nigerians or some government officials are against Onyema and would want to pull him down, by all means, is a ploy to instigate hatred against him.
“Air Peace is a business and most businesses usually have one issue or the other to settle and this one is not an exception.
“We plead with Buhari to please continue to give Onyema all the necessary support and protection to enable him sort out this matter peacefully.
“The governors of the South-east will do everything within the law to support Onyema overcome this issue so as to continue to offer more excellent services to Nigeria.
“We request the US Ambassador to Nigeria to please step into the matter so as to peacefully resolve the issue without destroying Onyema’s reputation.
“We also urge Onyema to engage experienced and external financial managers to work with the US government in resolving and rectifying his business tax matter if any,” they said.