Eye9ja reports that the Anambra Assembly gave the urges due to the contributions of the Airline especially in the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in South Africa.
The lawmakers also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confer on Chief Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace, a national honour for his philanthropic gestures and contributions to human development.
The resolution followed a motion by Dr Pascal Agbodike (Ihiala Il) and supported by 28 others, which was unanimously adopted at the plenary.
He described Onyema as: “a humble, non-tribalistic, generous, humanitarian and patriotic Nigerian who deserved to be recognised.
“It is on record that his airline is a reputable one, and has won awards such as 2019 Best Carrier in West Africa, 2019 Local Airline of the Year, and many others.
“Air Peace was also used, as a chattered flight to transport the victorious Super Eagles after successfully securing the third place position in the just concluded 2019 AFCON hosted in Egypt.
“Onyema, through his NGO, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, was instrumental to the peaceful settlement between the Federal Government and the Niger Delta militants.
“In view of this act of national service and selflessness, Chief Onyema truly deserves a national honour,” he said.
In his contribution, Nonso Okafor (Nnewi), said Chief Onyema should be given a national honour lesser than the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).
“He is not a politician or a government official; he is just an individual, and yet he played a very great role in our nation.
“Conferring him with a national honour is not negotiable, he earned it,” Okafor said.
Similarly, Dr Pete Ibida (Njikoka ll), described Onyema as a nationalist who believed in the unity of Nigeria and a man of universal character.
“He is a pride to the ‘Igbos’ and to Nigeria as a whole. A national award is not enough, his airline should be made a national carrier,” Ibida said.