Green Card Saga: Wole Soyinka Hits Back At Nigerians

Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka came back in the news when he said he have "thrown his green card away", looking to redeem himself over his pre-election vow to "tear" his green card should Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential elections.

Mr. Soyinka, who told the French news agency, AFP, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday that he had destroyed the card, said he was shocked that people were asking him to present video evidence showing him destroying the card.

"Why do Nigerians wail louder than the bereaved?", he queried.

Addressing a news conference on what he titled, 'The green god and the idolatory of mutants, ' in Lagos, on Monday, Soyinka explained that the funeral would, however, mourn the death of common sense in Nigeria and not bewail the citizens of the United States over their choice of president. What right do they have to tell me that I have no right to take a decision in a particular way? "So I said I felt sorry for him". I can decide whether to use a garden shell or scissors for my Green Card.

He fled into exile in the United States in 1994 and was sentenced to death for treason by the military leader Sani Abacha. "I was ready to abandon the green card at that time for something I considered very important", he said.

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"What is the business of any stupid Nigerian to open his or her mouth to challenge my right to say I am leaving?"

He also wondered why Nigerians were concerned about if he destroys his green card or not. Trump is not really my business.

He, however, said he has not decided the nature the "Wolexit 2" may take as it could either be internal (which would see him withdrawing to his Abeokuta sanctuary, Ijegba), external, or mixed. The arrogance of some Nigerians is overwhelming. I am addressing those illiterates people who feel that they have to make themselves heard and have to express opinion about everything, whether it concerns them or not and resort to vulgar abuse and insult simply because they are scared just because one person is saying I have had enough of the state. "Sometimes I am embarrassed to share the same nation space with imbeciles".

Soyinka said he was puzzled that Nigerians could poke-nosed into his private affairs and the exercise of his rights to freedom of speech. If the board agrees (because I do not like to be authoritarian) I will move the residency of my foundation out of the country.

  • Toni Ryan