Mr Onyeama made the statement while receiving 178 Nigerians that voluntarily chose to return to Nigeria following the incessant cases of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa including Nigerians.
The cleric said he had ordered for flight tickets for some Nigerians willing to come back home, following the xenophobic attacks on them and their property by South Africans.
A second flight, scheduled to take off on Thursday, saw a number of delays. On Wednesday morning, hundreds of families were gathered outside the Nigerian consulate, boarding buses to be transported to the OR Tambo International Airport, where the flight would take off.
Speaking on the steps of the consulate, while holding her young child, the woman said, "I'm leaving South Africa because of the fight [sic] and it affect my area a lot".
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"When I stepped inside the aircraft to welcome them, they mobbed me and started singing the Nigerian national anthem".
She also disclosed that apart from transport stipend to convey the returnees to their various destinations, they are to receive SIM cards with N40,000 worth of air time, plus 9GB of data valid for two months for ease of communication.
Information available to our correspondent showed that some Nigerians were turned back by the South African authorities due to invalid documents and are now at the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa to know the next line of action.
Over 640 Nigerians had registered for the voluntary return trip to Nigeria, with 187 making it with the first flight operated free by Air Peace.