Allen Onyema, chief executive officer of Air Peace Limited, has said that he would meet with Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano and the emirate very soon in a bid to resolve the issue arising from a missed flight by the emir and his entourage.
According to Daily Independent, Onyema, made the statement on Monday in Ikeja, Lagos.
Fielding questions from the editorial team, Onyema regretted the altercations that arose from the missed flight, but described the emir as a quiet and a peace loving man who would not encourage violence of any sort.
He said, “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.
“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.”
Recall that Isa Bayero, the cousin of the emir, had on Saturday issued a three-day ultimatum to Air Peace to apologise for allegedly “disrespecting” the monarch.
He had earlier written a letter of complaint to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), asking the regulatory body to take action against the airline for allegedly disrespecting the emir and the people of Kano.