Air Peace said it was ready to bring in stranded Nigerians who wanted to leave crisis-stricken Sudan for free.
Air Peace President Allen Onyema lamented that Nigerian students and others stranded in the war-torn country were “in need of our urgent assistance” when speaking to journalists from the country. Air Peace on Sunday night in Lagos.
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However, Onyema warned that he would only evacuate stranded Nigerians if they could be transported to a neighboring country to allow the airline to fly there and evacuate them, adding that the airspace of Sudan is currently closed to civil aviation flights.
This is not the first time Air Peace has done this.
Air Peace 2019 deployed flights to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa amid the raging xenophobic attacks in the country threatening many Nigerians.
Onyema explained that he was forced to help because Nigeria cannot afford to lose its citizens there, adding that he would be committed to ensuring that Nigerians are trapped in the war-torn country This is safe. He stressed that everything should not be left to the government, especially when the situation calls for urgency and immediate action. He said:
“Again, Air Peace is willing to evacuate Nigerians stranded in Sudan free of charge if the government can get them to a safe and secure airport in any of the neighbouring countries bordering Sudan. Everything must not be left to the government and the government alone. It will be a privilege and honour of tremendous pride that we will be out there to give every Nigerian stranded in Sudan a sense of pride and oneness in their country.
“We are very ready to do it immediately. No time wasting. Any action that would promote national pride, national cohesion, peace and unity, we are for it. Again, we have no apologies for believing in our nation and loving the nation despite certain national challenges. If they are moved to Kenya or Uganda or any other country, we will move in to get them out. Some parents have started calling on us to help. We are ready to do this again and again.”