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Air Peace CEO, United Nigeria Airlines Boss preach unity in diversity

The Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Allen Onyema and Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, has appealed to Nigerians on the need to be one another’s keeper while working together in peace and unity.

Onyema and Okonkwo made the remarks at a dinner party organised by Okonkwo at the Ark in Abuja on Monday in honour of High Chief (Dr) Christopher Ndubuisi and High Chief (Dr) Kenneth Ifekudu, OFR who were recently confered with prestigious awards as men who have distinguished themselves and left indelible marks in their various fields of endeavour.

High Chief Dr. Ndubuisi, the Chairman of Pinnatech Group Abuja, emerged the winner of the Sun Investor of the Year 2024 and Champion Newspapers’ 2024 Manufacturer of the Year Awards respectively.

While, High Chief (Dr) Kenneth Ifekudu, OFR (Agbalanze), the Managing Director of Diamond Leeds Limited, scooped the Sun Business Man of the Year award as well as Champion Newspaper Philanthropist of the Year 2024.

Onyema said the era of devilish competition was over, noting that even though he and Okonkwo were in the same line of business, they were still best of friends, saying that it is the way to go.

“We share so much love because both of us believe that the sky is too big for everybody.

“There is no need for devilish competition. There is a need for collaboration. It is about our nation, Nigeria, and we have to make it move.

“So, we don’t have to compete devilishly. He is my friend. We discuss together and find out ways of improving our services together,” he said.

He said every Nigerian must imbibe the spirit of love and unity, void of ethnic or religious sentiments.

“All of us come from one God. Whether muslim or christian or hindu or whatever. We all come from one God, and except we all understand this, we know no peace.

“Whether Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Efik, Ibibo, Gwari, Nupe, Fulani, all of yoruba all of us, we are from one God.

“So when you hate people because of their tribe or God, you are killing yourself. It is not the person you hate.

“It is like you are drinking poison and expecting somebody to die for the poison you are taking. You always be the myopic.

“It won’t take you anywhere. So love is the name of the game,” he said.

He also appreciated the host for choosing to celebrate the two awardees, adding that his attitude and kind gesture show that he is a great man.

On his part, Prof. Okonkwo also stressed that everyone must learn to work in love and unity with one another, adding that he and Onyema see themselves as brothers rather than rivals.

“We are not rivals. We are brothers, we are associates, we are allies. It is that spirit we are preaching.

“It can work with you. It can work with anybody if they believe in it.

“We thank God, we called to celebrate two of our very own Abuja Stars, and I’m glad they responded, and we had fun.

“We give God all the glory. I pray He will continue to shower His grace upon me and upon all of us, so that we will always do his will, which will in turn benefit the rest of humanity and glorify His name,” he said.

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