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Dr. Allen Onyema Honoured as Pan Nigerian Nationalist at NIPR Diamond Jubilee

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During the Diamond Jubilee Awards Night of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Dr. Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace, was honored as a Pan Nigerian nationalist.

The event, held on June 27, 2024, at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, marked NIPR’s 60th anniversary.

NIPR President and Chairman of Council, Dr. Ike Neliaku (FNIPR), praised Onyema for his philanthropic efforts and significant contributions to Nigeria, emphasizing his role in providing mass employment and consistently supporting national causes.

Onyema received the Diamond Prize for Excellence in the Promotion of Brand Nigeria.

In his presentation, Dr. Neliaku lauded Onyema’s dedication to building a strong national identity and standing by Nigeria through challenges.

He described Onyema as “the Nigerian of today, tomorrow, and forever,” highlighting his advocacy for a greater Nigeria and his efforts to project a positive image of the country globally.

Onyema was also presented with a bank cheque for two hundred thousand Naira as part of his award.

In his remarks, Onyema urged Nigerians to resist stigmatization from other nations, stressing the importance of national unity and collective progress over individual interests.

He emphasized the strength found in Nigeria’s diversity, noting the country’s 378 ethnic nationalities as a unique asset.

During his acceptance speech, Onyema expressed deep gratitude to NIPR, underscoring his belief in their mission.

He celebrated Nigeria’s unity and diversity, drawing hope from the country’s collective embrace of different ethnicities and religions. Onyema also praised former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, for his role as a peacemaker and statesman.

The Air Peace boss called on NIPR to develop programs that foster a sense of national unity, transcending ethnic and religious divisions.

The event was attended by various dignitaries, including General Gowon and several serving and former ministers.

Recall, Onyema has a history of national service, including airlifting 503 stranded Nigerians during the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2019, evacuating Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and rescuing stranded Nigerians from Sudan in 2023.

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