Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has once again, slammed Nigerians who
questioned the sincerity of his claim that he had dumped his United
States green card.
This comes after he told AFP last week in Johannesburg, South Africa,
that he had dumped his green card in fulfillment of his pledge to do so
should Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election.
However, some Nigerians questioned the claim ,asking him to show evidence .
Angered by this, Soyinka,yesterday told reporters in Lagos:
”Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed sometimes that I occupy the same nation space with some people.
“Where is the arrogance coming from? What right do they have to tell me
that I have no right to take a decision in a particular way? I never
took orders from (the late) Sani Abacha, why should I take orders from
you? Let us have a little respect and spirit of tolerance. I can decide
whether to use a garden shell or scissors for my green card. What is the
business of any Nigerian to challenge me on my decision? Green card is
even more important than human beings. Barbarians have taken over the
country, using the anonymity of the Internet. They sit somewhere,
writing about me, questioning the right of me to express myself.”
“I am not an entertainer. Why should I entertain you on that? I am a
dramatist. When I say I have done something, Ogun (the god of iron) is
my guiding spirit on it. Maybe I should be exiting Nigeria and not the
U.S. People that one dedicated one’s life of struggle to can be so
slavish in mentality to query the right of their champions to freedom of
If I decide to leave the U.S., it is my personal decision and not that
of the millipedes of the Internet. Why do Nigerians weep more than the
bereaved? Trump is not really my business. He has been elected. He
should do his work. There are born-again humans in all areas, why not in
politics? Even the stock exchange reacted to Trump’s election. I also
reacted in my own way. There is freedom of expression. We have far too
many illiterates in this country.’’
Soyinka plans to hold a private funeral on January 20, the day Donald
Trump will be inaugurated as president, “to mourn the death of common
sense in Nigeria and not to bewail the citizens of the U.S. over their
choice of president”.
He cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against sending congratulatory
messages like he did to ex-President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh,
for conceding defeat to Mr. Adama Barrow.