Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has finally commented on the viral plane seat incident which has been a topic for debate amongst Nigerians.
We had reported that oil mogul, Tonye Patrick Cole had shared the story of a young man who insisted that Wole Soyinka vacates the seat allotted to him on the flight.
Tonye Patrick reporting as an eye witness, shared on social media. In Tonye posts, he shared his thought on the matter saying;
“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!”
Wole Soyinka has however referred to the situation as a minor problem.
Media Mogul, Mo Abudu, shared a mail from Professor Wole Soyinka on her Instagram page, where the Nobel Laureate gave a short explanation on the incident he described as “very minor”.
Mo Abudu, explained that the content of the mail was shared after she got the approval of Wole Soyinka. It reads:
“Hallo Mo, Someone sent me Patrick Tonye’s comment on the plane incident, and I saw your brief comment. It was a very minor thing and I’d forgotten all about it.
However, after reading the boy’s response, I became curious. First, I never exchanged a word with him throughout beyond inviting him to take his allotted seat. Never spoke a word to him after that. Certainly never exchanged contact. So of course, I wonder if it’s the very individual who’s posted this or a total fake.
The phenomenon of stolen identities takes very strange dimensions and has become a source of worry. I wonder if this is one such. Anyway of your finding out. I don’t operate in social media as you probably recall.”