Nigeria’s Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has refused to follow through on a promise to tear up his US residence permit, or green card, if Donald Trump wins the US election.
The number of people embarrassed by the unexpected Trump win continues to rise and rise, with T.B Joshua and all these celebrities already left with egg in their faces by the maverick politician’s win.
Soyinka had made the pledge during a lecture with his Oxford students last week, telling them that: “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.”
After Trump won the elections, Nigerians took to social media to remind him of his pledge and to find out when he plans to follow through on it.
But he has refused to commit himself to that course of action yet, replying those quizzing him that:
“Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office? I am just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now,”- Wole Soyinka.
He added, in an interview with Newsweek, that Trump’s win could really hurt efforts to defeat Boko Haram, as there is the very real possibility that he would pull much needed US aid from the efforts.
“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 the publication.
“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.