So the encounter between Wole Soyinka and a Young man. Who demanded that the Nobel prize winner vacate his paid flight seat for him has been the talk of the town and also trending on several social media platforms.
Nigerian billionaire politician, Tonye Cole recently took to his Instagram page to share his flight experience about the young passenger who in his opinion disrespected Professor Wole Soyinka by asking for his assigned seat.
The billionaire politician shared a picture that showed Professor Soyinka and the man in question accompanied by a lengthy caption that says;
“@professorwolesoyinka #celebrategreatness #relationshipsmatter met one of the greatest Nigerians walking the earth today and as with other times, he was genteel, witty, forthright and humble. My smile gives me away as he permitted the picture whereas he would have preferred to get back to his newspapers. Then we boarded the flight and after assisting him with his bags, he took the window seat and promptly started reading again. A few minutes later this young man, baseball cap, t-shirt to show his muscled chest and tattooed biceps boards the plane and tells Prof he is on his seat (which he was). Those of us including the cabin crew tried to reason with Bobo Fine to let the old man be but the chap refused. He insisted Prof should vacate his window seat, which the old man quietly did for his original aisle seat next to him. I couldn’t understand how we got to this point where we no longer have respect for elders, even if are so ignorant of the great global personalities in our midst. Is it too much to ask that an elderly man be allowed to remain in a seat allotted to you in the same business class cabin and the same row?
Na wa o!”
The incident has raised a lot of dust on Twitter, Facebook, media houses and other outlets. However, Femi Fani-Kayode is the latest Nigerian to air his view on the incident as he has called out the Aircraft passenger a disrespectful and irreverent young man.
Fani-Kayode took to his twitter page – @realFFK on Monday night to say that he knows the young man was right but it is not every right that u insist on exercising.
His tweet reads;
“The young man that told 80 year old Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka to get up, move to the aisle and vacate the window seat for him on a commercial flight is disrespectful and irreverent. We know it is his right but it is not every right that u insist on exercising.”
Do you think its right for Fani Kayode to call the Aircraft Passenger an irreverent young man?