Air Peace Will Visit Emir Of Kano Over Rift — Airline Chairman
Onyema has revealed that Air Peace’s management would meet with Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, in the near future to address a recent dispute between the two parties. The Emir and the airline have been at odds recently, according to the chairman of Air Peace.
Apparently, there has been some disagreement over an accusation made by Prince Isa Bayero, the Chief Protocol to the Emir, that Ethiopian Airlines had insulted the Emir by refusing to postpone its aircraft for the Emir, who was returning from Banjul last week, according to Daily Trust.
Air Peace had refuted the allegations, claiming that it had instead safeguarded the Emir by refusing to postpone a fully booked flight for the Emir, which had been delayed before.
However, the Chairman of Air Peace, who indicated that he did not want the matter to become a source of contention in the political arena, stated that the airline will meet with the Emir of Kano, whom he characterized as a man of peace.
“I don’t want to be used to heat up the polity. I don’t want Air Peace to be a source of rancour in the country. Air Peace has always been known as an airline that was borne out of peace.
“I have been a very peaceful person and I have been pursuing tenets of peace all my life and I have been pursuing peace and unity of this country selflessly right from my teenage years.
“So, I cannot allow myself to be used or to be involved in anything that will tear the country apart. And the Emir of Kano I know is a peace-loving man. I have always known him as a prince when the late father was still alive,” the Chairman said during a meeting with the management of Daily Independent Newspapers.
The problem, according to Onyema, is actually non-existent and would be settled peacefully in the spirit of one Nigeria, therefore there is nothing to be concerned about.
He went on to say that he has had a long-standing connection with the Kano Emirate and that it is an institution that he views in the greatest regard, noting that he had paid respect to the father of the current Emir on a number of occasions.
“I have paid homage to the father several times. He may not remember me, but when I bring pictures of me and his father and him also, he will realise that I have been paying homage to his father.
“I have always known him as a very quiet and unassuming person and nothing has changed.
“I don’t think the Emir of Kano will want to be involved in what is happening and I can tell you he is a very respectable man.
We are going to meet any day. He’s not a troublesome person and I am sure he will like to meet with me and I will also like to meet with him, too.
“There is nothing at stake, we are all one Nigeria. We don’t want people to capitalise on this to start fanning embers of disunity in the country. People should play it down; the media should play it down.
The fragile peace we have in this country should not be toyed with in any way. Air Peace will not allow itself to be a source of rancour in the country.”