Musician , Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, has lambasted the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited , Sam Iwuajoku , for calling his team “ a bunch of useless people ”.
Reports had earlier reported that the airline was suspended by the Federal Government for flying the musician and his team to Abuja to attend a concert.
The Minister of Aviation , Hadi Sirika had announced the suspension during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday .
Subsequently , the Chairman of the airline wrote a letter of apology to the minister explaining the circumstances surrounding the flight.
In the letter dated June 15 , 2020 , Iwuajoku said he gave the approval for the flight thinking the passenger was the Minister of Works and Housing , Babatunde Fashola.
The letter read in part, “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 . ”
But reacting via his Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon , Naira Marley said , “ Do you know that over 20, 000 Marlians travel with executive jets a month ?
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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 . ”
The artiste added that his crew didn’ t book the flight directly .
Earlier , Iwuajoku told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the flight was booked by a broker.
Meanwhile , a copy of the manifest of the flight sighted by our correspondent confirmed that the name , Babatunde Fashola, was a passenger on the flight.
Naira Marley further explained that the passenger , Babatunde Fashola, was indeed on the flight, revealing that his younger brother answers the name .
“ They asked for our names on the jet .
My name is Azeez Adeshina Fashola and my little brother’ s name is Moshood Babatunde Fashola, ” he said .
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