Open letter To Mr. Wole Soyinka

By Ocular Priest

Men like you sir are the problem of the world. They look the other way when crime and injustice don’t affect them directly, they insult anyone or group they don’t agree with and expect everyone to respect them. Wole, you went as low as body shaming the wife of the most powerful man in Africa, the Nigerian First Lady, you called her sheppopotamus and you wonder why millennials and Gen Z don’t respect you.

Professor, this is not the 1980s, wake up Wole, we are in the 21st century. You can’t bully people you disagree with into silence or destroy their reputations by calling them unprintable names as you have always done on MS Media. You damaged the reputation of a president you don’t like by calling him drunk, a terrorist etc. That strategy don cast thanks to Social media, no single man can control the narratives anymore.

A word of advice Mr Soyinka, when you call people names, it mirrors back at you. For instance, only a fascist will stop the announcement of an election result with a gun because he believed the election was rigged. Only a barbarian will think of forming a cult group. Only a Gbajue elder will insult and protest against President Jonathan and become meek and mute under Buhari and Tinubu when Nigerians are still suffering, government officials are still looting and insecurity and youth unemployment is at an all-time high.

Lastly Wole, respect is earned and it’s also reciprocal. If you respect other people’s opinions and speak with dignity without trying to sully anyone’s reputation as you did to Sen Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, people will in turn respect you at least for your grey hair.

Until next time, have a self-introspection and mend your ways before it’s too late.

Ocular Priest

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