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10 Nov 2016

Wole Soyinka Finally Responds to Pressure of Destroying U.S Residency Permit

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Wednesday, stated that he will not destroy his United States’ residency permit just yet; while he warned that the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.
His response was necessitated by a heavy pressure mounted on the public affairs analyst by Nigerians on social media after Donald Trump's unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the just concluded U.S presidential election.

In an interview with Newsweek, Soyinka stated that Trump’s ‘bunker mentality’ could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.

He seized the opportunity to reaffirm his stand on the destruction of his United States of America residency permit as publicized in the media.

In response, the report quoted Soyinka as saying that he is biding his time until Trump is inaugurated in January before deciding on his next steps.

“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,” he said.

According to the report, under the administration of Barack Obama, the U.S. has provided financial support and military training to West African countries fighting Boko Haram.

During the parley, Soyinka reiterated that Trump’s “bunker mentality” could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.

The Nigerian author and playwright also says that he will not destroy his U.S. residency permit just yet, despite a pre-election pledge to “cut” his green card, which is afforded to immigrants granted permanent residence in the country.

The Nigerian author—who was the first African to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1986 - says he is biding his time until Trump is inaugurated in January before deciding on his next steps. “Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office?” says Soyinka.

“I’m just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now.”

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