''Due to persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation, and FAAN management, which has culminated in the use of FAAN staff to stop Arik Air operations and lock in checked-in passengers in Lagos this morning, Arik Air has no option than to suspend all domestic operations until further notice. This issue bothers on personal interests and not payment of bills; since FAAN has been collecting their charges in advance since 18 months now.
Arik Air regrets the inconveniences this disruption by FAAN, would cause you. Thank you for your much-valued support.”
This coming from Arik Air just a few weeks after Air Nigeria suspended all operations till further notice is clearly sending out some bad vibes. There is the particular unconfirmed gist on going about the Honorable Minister for Aviation wanting 5% of shares in the Airline, a move said to have been rejected by the Chairman/owner of the Airline. Further to this unconfirmed gist, is also the gist that the Minister supposedly forced Dana Air to allocate to her shares in the company, so that the suspension placed on the airline in the aftermath of the terrible air-crash of June 2012 could be lifted. As high sounding as these allegations might be, we would want the Federal Government to properly investigate the matter and deal appropriately with any culprit found wanting.
We do not think it is nice, when one of the only brands that Nigeria and Nigerians should be proud of, would be hounded into submission, especially when the survival of many are attached to it.