The radio host and presenter, Ifedayo Olarinde popularly called Daddy Freeze has reacted to the online debate concerning one Nigerian man who ordered Wole Soynika out of his seat onboard a flight on June 23rd.
In an open letter which Daddy Freeze addressed to the politician/ Buisnessnan, Tonye Cole who shared the story online, he stated that all the respects Nigerians have so far given to their elders yielded nothing but poverty to Nigeria, adding that the young man only demanded for his right.
Freeze in his post noted that Soyinka over the years failed to demand for the rights of Nigerians from their leaders .
Read his piece below
Dear Tonye Cole,
I probably would have politely done the same thing the young man did.
Growing up, I was taught never to challenge my elders.
In retrospect, I find it difficult to point to what this has earned us as a people? Are we more morally upright, safer, richer and better than nations where children are encouraged to stand up to elders? NO!
Nigeria, with all our respect, has become the poverty capital of the world boasting of more people in extreme poverty than China and India combined, YES, COMBINED! (According to worldpoverty.io)
Some of our elders have sold our birthright, lied to us about salvation and taken foolish decisions that have impoverished us.
What drew me to Prof. Soyinka in the first place was the fact that he never failed to challenge our leaders in power and religion, no matter their age.
The young man on the flight DEMANDED his right; if you can’t demand your right on a flight, how can you demand it from the government or church?
The government needs to provide amenities for the people, while the Church should be accountable to the last kobo, we MUST demand this!
Christ was less than 33 years old when he challenged the Pharisees, the authorities in religion of that time, who were in their 70s and 80s. ~FRZ