Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka was all over the media during the end of the US presidential race. He was reported to have said he will destroy his green card and return to Nigeria, if Donald Trump won the US elections, which of course was the case.
“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.”
According to him, what was supposed to be a sarcastic expression of showing his skepticism of the elections was swallowed hook line and sinker by a whole lot of Nigerians who came across the news. So in response to many who request an evidence that he kept to his word, Soyinka says that on the swearing in of President-elect, Trump, he would mourn the death of common sense in Nigeria.
“I’m going to hold a private wake on inauguration day not to mourn the decision of Americans in the choice of president but to mourn the death of Nigeria common sense.”
He said the comment on destroying his Green Card was not the first time he had undertaken such gesture to express his reservation over certain issues. Soyinka says he has found the pestering call to destroy his green card and indeed the arrogance of Nigerians rather overwhelming.
“I hope to leave here today with a little knowledge. I’m puzzled and I don’t know what the fuss is all about.
“Barbarians are taking the opportunity of the anonymity of the internet to take over the country.
“Did you get the Green Card for me? The arrogance of Nigerians is overwhelming… What right do they have to tell me that I have no right to take a decision in a particular way?… Who are you giving orders? I didn’t take orders from Sani Abacha, what right do they have to give me orders?”
As for the evidence, Wole Soyinka – who described the entire awkward scenario as the theatre of absurd – says interested Nigerians who want proof of destroying his green card should go to Ogun shrine and get it.
“You want to see evidence? I will put it on Ogun shrine because I live on Ogun principles.”