Olaokun Soyinka, the son of Prof. Wole Soyinka, has reacted to the incident that happened between his father and a plane passenger and used the opportunity to write an open letter to Tonye Cole.
In the letter, Mr Soyinka thanked Mr Tonye Cole for “standing up for his father, and for respect.” He went on to express his “irritation” at “social media warriors”.
He also criticized the youths of today for their lack of respect for elders, adding that “those who like to see an elder given his due deference are entirely within their rights to judge the young man (window seat owner).”
Sharing the open letter to Tonye Cole, he wrote;
So my elderly father mistakenly sat in the wrong airplane seat, & moved when asked. It was a non-event until Mr Tonye Cole did an Instagram post about respect. I thought I’d write to Mr Cole & share a memory about WS & an airline drama when he was shown great respect indeed.
Read the full letter below.