The magnanimous and phenomenal decision of the leading Nigerian commercial airliner – Air Peace to freely air lift Nigerians from South Africa to escape the violent xenophobic attacks has been described as the true manifestation of the Nigerian core value of humanitarianism and mercy in times of need.
This observation was made by the civil Rights advocacy group – Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) which has similarly advocated the setting up of an economic restoration trust fund of N10 billion to be managed by credible Nigerian Statesmen/Women by the Nigerian government and prominent multinational companies and wealthy Nigerians so those Nigerians returning from South Africa can be supported with financial assistance to immediately resume their legitimate businesses which have now been destroyed by black South Africans.
The Rights group said the donation of free air tickets and planes to fly in Nigerians by Air Peace is also a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a media statement in Abuja by the National coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA described Air Peace as an excellent corporate citizen/Ambassador of Nigeria and one of those companies that have identified positively with the president Muhammadu Buhari’s interventions to save the lives of Nigerians endangered by the widening spectre of violent xenophobia in South Africa.
HURIWA also described the free air lift of Nigerians from South Africa by Air Peace as the most practical steps of advancing the Right to life of the Nigerian citizens enshrined in section 33(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The Rights group in the same vein has asked president Muhammadu Buhari to confer a national honour to Air Peace on behalf of all Nigerians to encourage the company to continue to implement pro-poor corporate social responsibility and to motivate other Nigerian and multinational firms doing legitimate businesses in the country to place the highest value to the respect of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
HURIWA said generations yet unborn will remember this good gesture of Air Peace with nostalgia and will similarly remember that the Country was under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari when a commercial airliner called Air Peace came forward to offer free air lift of Nigerians who are subjected to bloody violence by their hosts in South African townships.
“The entire organized civil rights community received the news that Air Peace has volunteered to send planes to freely air lift Nigerians to escape the bloody attacks in South Africa. This show of solidarity with president Buhari and the Nigerian people by the Air Peace commercial company is a demonstration of the rare quality of hospitality and excellent corporate social responsibility,” they said.
HURIWA recalled that the Nigerian government had advised its citizens to “inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage” of a free return trip to Nigeria.