Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has disclosed that he will hold a private funeral on January 20 when United States President-elect, Donald Trump, is inaugurated as President.
The Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author made this known today, December 5, while speaking to journalists at the Freedom Park in Lagos.
His words: “On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, I will have a private funeral keep to mourn the death of Nigeria’s common sense. If the board agrees (because I do not like to be authoritarian) I will move the residency of my foundation out of the country.”
“Our common sense is totally lost. I am embarrassed sometimes that I occupy the same nation space with some people.”
The professor flayed at Nigerians, saying that they do not have the right to query his personal decision to tear his US green card.
Shortly before the election, Soyinka, a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.
The Noble Laureate had said: “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 US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.”
“The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.”
Immediately Trump was declared winner of the presidential election, Nigerians took to social media to urge the scholar to “couple his words with action.”
On Thursday, December 1, the revered playwright and Nobel laureate fulfilled his pledge to destroy his residency permit .
“I have already done it; I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” he reportedly told AFP on the sideline.
“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.”
Apparently peeved by the reactions of some Nigerians on social media, Soyinka described his critics as “noisome creatures.”
He vented: “Let me end with a Red Card to those noisome creatures, the nattering nit-wits of Internet: maybe Trumpland is not as despicable as the Naijaland you impose on our reality from your secure cesspits of anonymity. Go back to school. Your problem is ignorance, ignorance of whatever subject you so readily comment upon. Learn to study your subjects before opening up on issues beyond your grasp.”