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Air Peace CEO to secessionists: Promoting hate and violence is an act of cowardice

Air Peace CEO to secessionists: Promoting hate and violence is an act of cowardice
July 29
11:53 2021

Allen Onyema, chief executive officer of Air Peace, says those pushing for secession may end up becoming victims of their actions.

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He said this on the sideline of the 25th league of airport and aviation correspondents (LAAC) conference in Lagos.

There have been calls for secession in the south-east and south-west of the country.

Speaking at the event, Onyema, founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), described those preaching violence as cowards.

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He said peace and unity should be the priority of every Nigerian.

“For those of us preaching hate, Rwanda beckons on you. Rwanda that happened before beckons on you,” he said.

“When I talk about unity and peace, a lot of people might want to behead me but I don’t give a damn. But the truth is that when it happens those of them who want to see the country go up in flames might even be the victims.

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“You and me seated here criticise the president. When I am talking about unity and peace, preaching peace, I am not a coward. Anybody preaching violence is the biggest coward. So when we preach peace, it is not about we are cowards.”

Onyema said agitations can be achieved through peaceful means.

He said everyone wants a country where justice, equity and fairness reign.

“I am not saying there are no injustices in the country. We want a country where justice, equity and fairness actually reign, no doubt about that,” he said.

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“But we can address these issues peacefully. Nobody ever knew that Niger Delta issues would come to an end at the time it came to an end.”

He asked airline operators to desist from “devilish competition”, saying the country’s rising population shows that there is enough room for everyone to operate without hindrance to others.

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