The Civil Society Group for Good Governance, a cerebral resource centre for over 180 civil society organizations, has said that the fraud allegations against the Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, is media gang up which is unacceptable and unpatriotic on the part of Nigerians.
This is as they added that Allen Onyema has not been proven guilty of the said crime and the sad incidence has caused a huge dent on his image and that of his esteemed establishment.
The President of CSGGG, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, who made these known recently in Abuja, stated that Onyeama should be given the benefit of doubt, since the accused, has publicly debunked and classified the said allegation as false and promised to come with more clarification to prove his innocence.
According to him, “We express concern with dismay, over the unfathomable allegations laid against the Chairman/CEO of AirPeace Airlines by the United State of America through the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, where it charged Mr. Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace with 27 count charges bothering on bank fraud and money laundering.
“In our understudy of Onyema and his activities, we have gathered that Mr. Onyema, is a man who played patriotic role in protecting the image of Nigeria in the recent times, for singlehandedly evacuating about 500 Nigerians from South Africa during the xenophobic attacks in September, a feat which cost him about 280million naira to achieve.
“Barely few months, an unverified report sprang up and Nigerians who should stand for their own, has refused to do so instead, ganged up both in the Electronic and Print Media, Social media to drag a man who has continuously placed Nigeria on the map, which we considered as media gang up against Mr Onyema, which is unacceptable and unpatriotic on the part of Nigerians”.
He further noted that the action taken by the media and some Nigerians in castigating Mr Onyema, and the US Government who made the allegations, have not substantiated their claims, and its seen as mere accusation which has not be proven true by competent court of jurisdiction.
“We consider this as denigrating, and the need for Nigeria to support their own in the above matter is very important at this material time, which we believe that Nigerians will always support their own in difficult times like this”, it remarked.
The group therefore demand that; All published publications castigating and speaking against Mr. Onyema be taken down from host websites of online news platforms that negatively reported the above mater of allegation; Nigerians stand in solidarity behind Onyema, as this issue if escalated further with lips blasting and further accusations would be very cancerous on Nigeria and its foundation especially in the Aviation sector.
It also demanded that; Mr Onyema should be treated fairly and given fair rights to come out and publicly clear his name, until then all reports on the issue should be withhold forthwith, which maybe considered as libelous, if the said allegation is proven otherwise; and The Nigeria Government should verify all claims made by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia against Mr. Onyeama, for immediate clarification.