Professor Wole Soyinka wants those mounting pressure on him to tear his green card to wait until January 20 when President-elect, Donald Trump will be sworn into office as president of the United States America.
Responding to a question on Trump’s victory during an interview with Newsweek, the Nobel Laureate said: “Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office?”
“I’m just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now.”
The literary icon last week threatened to destroy his green card, his U.S residency permit if Trump won.
“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 U.S. Well, I’m not waiting for that,” he had told students of Oxford University, England.
“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.”
Professor Soyinka is a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, U.S.
After Trump was declared president-elect, the comment at Oxford started gaining traction, with many particularly on social media, asking the scholar to match his words with action.
In an interview with the Newsweek, the playwright also said Trump’s emergence could jeopardize U.S support in Nigeria’s fight against terrorism.
He said Trump’s “bunker mentality” could see the U.S withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa region.
“One should expect that level of collaboration to diminish. Trump’s mentality is one of, ‘What are we doing there? What business do we have over there?’” he said.
“I foresee Trump dismissing that kind of expectation offhand and closing in, shrinking, becoming smaller in terms of the U.S.’s presence in other parts of the world.”