By DAPO FALADE
The National Committee of Yoruba Youth (NCYY), the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore Fulani Socio-cultural Association and the Nigerian Peace Movement (NPM) has condemned the insinuation that Mr Allen Onyema got billions of naira meant for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) to establish his airline, Air Peace.
There has been various media reports that a former presidential adviser and chairman of the amnesty programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, allegedly used the money for the programme to purchase aircraft to start the biggest and leading airline in the country.
However, NCYY, Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore and NPM strongly condemned the allegation, describing it as a “highly provocative and insidious statement in some shadowy online news platforms.”
The three groups, in a statement issued on Monday by Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi, president (NCYY), Engineer Saleh Alhassan, convener (NPM) and National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, said those behind the allegation are apostles of politics of bitterness who wanted to drag the innocent in the mud.
“It is becoming clearer that the apostles of politics with bitterness are bent on pursuing the path of perdition and do not care if they drag the names of innocent person into the mud with them.
“We, therefore cannot and will not fold our arms and allow them to mess up honorable individuals like Mr Allen Onyema, who has contributed immensely to the socio-economic transformation and development of our dear country.
“Besides, to remain silent is to allow desperate blackmailers to continue to mislead and misinform Nigerians and the international communities about Mr Allen Onyema and the Air Peace conglomerate.
“We have good reasons to believe just as we have it on good authority that this latest phantom allegations against Air Peace and its chairman have the imprimatur of a desperate individual, a United States-based serial blackmailer, who is being used by some characters who is envious of the rising profile of Mr Onyema.
“The latest allegations is a rehash of some previously unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Onyema. The allegations is akin to the proverbial voice of Jacob but the hands of Esau.
“The plan is to set up Mr Allen Onyema on spurious charges bordering on corruption in the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
“While, we could have elected to ignore this smear campaigns particularly in the media, but it has become imperative to dispel this concocted tissues of lies, fabrication and misinformation.
“Mr Onyema had, over the years, built a reputation of integrity, a promoter of peace and a hard working man. He has been impacting our nation and 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 an organisation, we are worried and deeply concerned for Mr Onyema’s safety and well-being. We, therefore, draw the attention of Nigerians and the international community to this plot to silence Mr Onyema by all means.
“We can without equivocation bear testimony to the fact that, Mr Onyema has always supported any cause that will uplift the name and image of Nigeria as well as whatever will accelerate the pace of socioeconomic transformation of the nation.
“If anything, these among others are the qualities that mark him out as a man of repute, unquestionable integrity and worthy of emulation,” the statement read.