Prof Wole Soyinka has destroyed his Green Card as a result of Donald Trump’s victory in the just concluded US Presidential elections but this war is not over. It has just been reported, Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate has turned his guns on Nigerians because of what he calls, “obscene and unwarranted attacks” on his person over his decision to destroy his green card. According to a report by Vanguard News, A furious Soyinka said, “Why do you wail more than the bereaved? I’m addressing these illiterates who feel they want to make themselves heard,’’
What is the business of any stupid Nigerian to open his or her mouth to challenge my right? Did you get the Green Card for me?
He said destroying his Green Card was not the first time he had undertaken such gesture to express his reservation over certain issues, narrating how he destroyed his national medal during a protest at the Race Course (also known as Tafawa Balewa Square) in Lagos during a protest he undertook with late Tai Solarin. He said: “I took out my national honour medal and I stamped on it. I could have done something else but I would be accused of indecent exposure”.
He continued by saying, “Trump is not really my problem. What really matters is the rhetoric that got him there especially against Nigerians. People react in their own ways and I don’t go fighting them for it. Expression is not only by words but it (is) also by actions. When I take such actions, I don’t want people on behalf of whom we took these actions to express themselves in vulgar manner”.
He described as “slugs”, “millipedes”, “imbeciles”, “Barbarians, and “blabbermouths” Nigerians who made comments criticizing his decision to destroy his Green card. “Barbarians are taking the opportunity of the anonymity of the internet to take over the country”.
“What is the business of any stupid Nigerian to open his or her mouth to challenge my right? Did you get the Green Card for me? ‘’The arrogance of Nigerians is overwhelming. Where does this arrogance come from? What right do they have to tell me that I have no right to take a decision in a particular way? ‘’What right do they have? Who are you giving orders? I didn’t take orders from Sani Abacha, what right do they have to give me order?”
Soyinka asked. I shall move my residency out of Nigeria He said he had decided to move the Soyinka foundation residency out of Nigeria as a response to the “unwarranted” commentaries generated by the Green Card issue. “I’m embarrassed that I’m occupying the same nation space with these imbeciles. You have to deal with power and have to deal with those who have to deal with power.
“Nigerians should realize how ridiculous they make themselves. ‘’The Nigerian personal is gaining notoriety all over the world. That is why Trump latched on the existing narrative. “You want to see evidence? I will put it on Ogun shrine because I live on Ogun principles”.
Something has to give. There will be certain actions I might take or refuse to take as a result of this. ‘’There has to be a significant event on my side in response to the obscene and unwarranted attacks. “I’m going to move the residency of my foundation out of the country. I have already started it. It is my property. I am moving my foundation out of Nigeria,”
The report went on to say Wole Soyinka will be holding a private funeral on the day Donald Trump is inaugurated President to mourn the death of common sense in Nigeria.