The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has appreciated the kind gesture of the Air Peace Chairman, Chief Allen Onyema, for responding to the distress call of stranded Nigerians in Sudan.
Obi, in a message to Onyema said, “My warmest felicitation and appreciation to the Chairman of Air Peace, @allenOyema, for his gracious act of altruism in helping with plans to airlift distressed and stranded Nigerians from war-torn Sudan.
The LP standard bearer thanked him “for your patriotism and for helping our nation in its time of difficulty. Your consistent efforts in promoting national interest and cohesion are exemplary. Such selflessness speaks to the need for our greater unity and being our brother’s keeper irrespective of tribe and religion and despite our diversity.”
The former Anambra State Governor stated that the various noble gestures of Chief Onyema will serve as instructive lessons to our people, and that acts of nation-building by patriotic citizens come in different strands.
“Those who can make meaningful contributions must be ready to do so selflessly. God bless you and God bless Nigeria,” Obi said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obi has lamented the death of iconic journalist, Mr Peter Enahoro, popularly known by his pen name, Peter Pan.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Obi said the late renowned journalist spent his talent and resources fighting for a better Nigeria even at great personal discomfort.
“In journalism, Late Enahoro was first class, in the struggles for Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule, his contributions were well documented and in the fight to give Nigeria good leadership, his efforts were monumental.
“He was not only a great advocate and crusader for good and competent leadership; he was one of the greatest defenders of true Democracy in Nigeria.
“He was in constant confrontation with the military dictatorship because of his deep-rooted belief in a popularly elected government, not a government that comes to power through violence and manipulation”, Obi said.
“His role in using journalism -his profession of choice -in advancing Nigeria’s independence struggle is well recorded and regarded. His famous book, ‘How to Be a Nigerian’ placed our country in the historic and literary limelight. He was a great advocate & crusader for democracy and good governance, who consistently decried military anti-politics in Nigeria.
The Labour Party candidate regretted that the iconic journalist died when his experience was most needed in Nigeria, especially in the fight to retrieve the country from those holding it down
The former Governor of Anambra State, however, said the Nigerian people appreciate and honour the renowned journalist for labour for the good of the country.