Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka swore to destroy his green card and leave the United States of America if Donald Trump is elected president in the country’s presidential election.
Soyinka who now lives in the US and a scholar in residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs made this known while speaking to his students at Oxford University, England, this autumn. Hear him:
“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.”
Soyinka made the comment just a few days after about 370 economists and eight Nobel laureates denounced Trump, accusing him of promoting conspiracy theories, among other things.
Nevertheless, events at the polls have left many people stunned as results revealed that Donald Trump is the new president elect of America. While he garnered 289 electoral votes out of the required 270 votes, his opponent, Hillary Clinton polled 218 electoral votes, making the businessman the 45th President of the United States.
Now, Nigerians are reminding Soyinka of his promise, urging him to prove his integrity by keeping to his words. Some people are also suggesting that he does it on live TV, preferably Channels TV.
See Some comments below:
Dear Prof. Wole Soyinka
We will love to see you tear your Green Card on National TV
It's official President Trump wins
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) November 9, 2016
If you said that you'd burn your green card/passport if Trump won… I am waiting for you o! I have matches and or gasoline. Your choice
— AAA (@Ade_AAA) November 9, 2016
He better record the tearing or we won't believe him https://t.co/SxwhI8pg4U
— Vitamin ‘B‼️ (@bukolareis) November 9, 2016
— IG:MissChubbyCheeeks (@twitymania) November 9, 2016
Dear Prof Wole Soyinka
We just wantu know when and where you will tear your green card.
We need @channelstv Reporters in your place
— Arsenal _ Dagbo (@cesc4real99) November 9, 2016
— Nigeria Newsdesk (@NigeriaNewsdesk) November 9, 2016
— Kenny Barth (@kenny_barth) November 9, 2016
Now Wole Soyinka please tear up your Green Card and return to Nigeria as you promised in the unlikely event that @realDonaldTrump won!
— NICHOLAS SENGOBA (@nsengoba) November 9, 2016
Dear Wole Soyinka, Please show us the shredded pieces of your green card o…We've not forgotten.
— Him (@someborry) November 9, 2016
— Metaphorical Okanga (@Okanganize) November 9, 2016
Prof. Wole Soyinka, I would love to watch you tear your great card now. #uselection
— André Idemudia (@ThisIsOsaivbie) November 9, 2016
— I. B. I. PhD (@Brainzbizz) November 9, 2016
Dear Professor Wole Soyinka, please think twice before you tear your Green Card. You may find the recession back home hard to deal with!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 9, 2016
— Malam Isah | Makama (@Isah_ne) November 9, 2016
The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold.
The triumph for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a powerful rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government, and the consensus they had forged on everything from trade to immigration.