I have destroyed my ‘green card’ – Soyinka

Chidi Samuel

Prof, Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel Prize winner said Thursday he has made good his threat to destroy  his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Recall that just before Americans voted for the Presidential candidate on the 8th of November, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency if Donald Trump the Republican candidate wins the election.

In an interview with AFP in Johannesburg on Thursday, Soyinka said, “I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do.”

“I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been” — meaning his homeland Nigeria. He however, said he would not discourage others from applying for a green card.

“It’s useful in many ways. I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerians or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it,” he said.

Soyinka, one of Africa’s most famous writers and rights activists, came under immense pressure from Nigerians on social media to make good his threat shortly after Donald Trump was declared  winner of the American Presidential election last month.