Billionaire businessman and politician, Tonye Cole has narrated how a young man disrespected Prof. Wole Soyinka onboard a flight recently.
Cole, who was a APC gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers State during the 2019 general election, revealed this in an Instagram post.
However, he did not disclose when and where the incident occurred.
The Sahara Energy co-founder disclosed that Soyinka, who had a seat on the same row, sat on a window-side business class seat allotted to the young man before his arrival.
But on arriving, the young man insisted that the octogenarian must vacate the seat as it was originally allotted to him.
According to Cole, Soyinka had to vacate the seat for the young man after entreaties from other passengers failed to dissuade the young man.
Cole said, “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!”