From the statement he made to his students in Oxford University a few weeks ago it is obvious the renowned professor and poet Wole Soyinka did not anticipate Donald Trump’s win when he made a declaration to rip up his Green Card if the Republican were to become the next president of the United States.
While commenting on the American political race Soyinka made it clear when exactly he would tear up his American passport and that was according to his words “the moment they announce his victory”
“If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that. The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.”
Well sir, Trump’s victory has been announced going on 48 hours now and Nigerians are impatiently waiting for you to do as promised. Reacting to the various comments online asking the professor why he hadn’t cut up his documents yet, Soyinka advices all concerned to wait till Trump is sworn into office. This however was not the promise he made but the Internet never forgets and everyone is waiting to see if the Nigerian Nobel Prize for Literature winner would hold up his side of the bargain.
“Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office? I’m just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now,” Soyinka told Newsweek.
On the implications of a Trump win for Nigeria Soyinka said that his victory could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram as he (Trump) will probably take a “mind our business” stance on the issue. “One should expect that level of collaboration to diminish. Trump’s mentality is one of, ‘What are we doing there? What business do we have over there?’” Soyinka told Newsweek.“I foresee Trump dismissing that kind of expectation offhand and closing in, shrinking, becoming smaller in terms of [the U.S.’s] presence in other parts of the world,” he added.