Posted by Sade Williams
The National Committee of Yoruba Youths (NCYY) and the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-cultural Association groups, have called on the Federal government to intervene and approach ‘diplomatically’, the indictment of the Chairman of Nigeria’s leading Airline, Air Peace, Barr Allen Onyema, by the United States government, over issues of money laundering.
This is just ad the groups have vowed to stand by him saying he has impacted the African continent positively, while also urging Nigerians ‘to rise up to this new attempt to destroy one of Africa’s fastest growing airlines’.
Speaking through a statement issued on Sunday and signed by Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji and Engr. Saleh Alhassan, the National Secretary, the groups said the sudden purported indictment of Barr Allen Onyeama who has been doing business for decades in the US, and has never been found wanting until now, raises fundamental questions about the bad timing and the growing suspicion of many Nigerians over the motive behind ttargeting ‘our own distinguished Allen Onyema’.
The groups said it see a pattern that portends international conspiracy to rubbish one of the few outstanding entrepreneurs in Africa.
The groups further said Onyema has over the years built a reputation of integrity, a promoter of peace and a hard working man, and cannot be allowed to be dragged in the mud by what they called ” a western conspiracy.”
The groups also said the airline boss has been impacting the continent with footprint of integrity as a Nigerian dedicated to the service of Nigeria and Nigerians in difficult situations at various points in time, using his hard-earned income and God given wealth of wisdom.
“As law abiding citizens, we will not object to any process aimed at promoting transparency and accountability. Yet, we will not fold our arms akimbo and watch helplessly and hopelessly as one of our finest is being coerced and pulled down in broad daylight, without an iota of any subsisting clear evidence from a joint investigation between the US law enforcement agencies and Nigeria counterparts to determine the veracity of the claims before unleashing this dreadful move, deliberately aimed at tainting the image of On team”, they added.