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 ” .
The PUNCH 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, 14 th, 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 , 13 th 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?
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.