Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has forwarded a letter to President, Muhammadu Buhari to stop Aviation Minister Hadi sirika from inaugurating Nigeria Air operations on may 26th.
The letter which was signed by the Head of AON’s legal Team, Abubakar Ahmad said the attempt by the Minister will violate the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos which had restrained Sirika from taking any step in relation to Nigeria air project.
The Operators noted that the suit questions the shady deals, deliberate infraction of the Nigerian laws and self-enrichment and Corruption, against the Federal Ministry of Aviation over the Nigerian Air Project.
The Aircraft owners told the President that his Administration will hand over on Monday May 29th, 2023 but the Minister of Aviation is planning to circumvent the Court Orders on Friday 26th May, 2023 being the last working day and possibly to cover up the various infractions of Nigerian laws, amongst others by hurriedly bringing two aircraft as disguised that Nigeria air has began operations.
The AON said that if Sirika is allowed to proceed with his action, it will create needless controversies after his administration would have expired and it will still pursue contempt action against the Minister personally whether or not he has left office to promote the rule of law, protection of integrity of the court and in line with international best practices.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Hadi Sirika, had told the media that Nigeria Air plane will arrive in Nigeria on Friday and will be unveiled in Nigeria’s colours in line with the implementation of the aviation roadmap that has been achieved under his leadership.