Naira Marley replies ExecuJet over ‘useless people’ comment
Singer Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley has objected to the description of him and those who flew Executives Jets Services to Abuja at the weekend as a “bunch of useless people”.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Sam Iwuajoku, had in his apology to Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, described Naira Marley as “a bunch of useless people”.
The airline had been suspended for flying Naira Marley and his crew to Abuja for a concert. Sirika had explained the airline was approved to fly a Lagos High Judge and not Naira Marley before announcing indefinite suspension of the airline.
Iwuajoku, in his apology letter, said the flight took off because he thought the passenger was Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
“Please the flight was to carry a judge to Abuja on Sunday, 14th, June 2020 as requested and the permit was granted based on the application but unfortunately, when I called the Judge on Saturday morning to inform him that we have the permit, he then said he has reached Abuja already with a different flight that someone gave him a lift to Abuja.
“So, on Saturday morning, 13th June 2020, my staff called me that they have a charter flight to Abuja, and that the passengers are already in the lounge. As a rule, passenger manifests are always sent to me before departure.
“When I went through the manifest and saw FASHOLA BABATUNDE, I thought it was the Honourable Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men. So, we decided to do the flight since he is a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people,” he wrote.
In his reaction via his Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon, Naira Marley said: “Do you know that over 20,000 Marlians travel with executive jets a month? We won’t be using your useless airline again for calling us useless.
“Thank God we didn’t crash on that flight because we nearly did.”