Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Wole Soyinka, who vowed to “cut (his) green card (himself) and start packing up,” if Donald Trump wins the U.S Presidential Election, has said he is biding his time until Trump is inaugurated in January before deciding on his next steps.
He made this known in an interview with Newsweek on Wednesday in New York.
Following Trump’s emergence as the President-elect, Nigerians took to social media to draw the literary icon’s attention to his previous statement
“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,” Soyinka said.
Soyinka also said that Trump’s victory could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.
He said that Trump’s “bunker mentality” could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.
“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?’” Soyinka told Newsweek.
“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,” he added.