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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has blasted people calling for his return to Nigeria and permanent destruction of his American green card. The 82-year-old veteran writer and scholar told a group of students days before the US election that he would tear his US green card should Donald Trump emerge president after the polls.

Now, Soyinka has gone bonkers on those calling for him to fulfil his promise.

He said in a statement titled "Red card, green card– Notes towards the management of hysteria":
"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 subject before opening up on issues beyond your grasp.
Sometimes you make one feel like swapping one green for another, out of embarrassment for occupying the same national space as you.’

"If it even becomes convenient to bring it forward, I intend to do so, but please don’t come at me with plaints of time imprecision.

"I never discussed it with you, nor invited you to a private decision whose execution was already in the making.

"Do not try to browbeat me. It’s a waste of time, all you have to do is immerse yourselves in my antecedents. It will not attempt to deal with the notion of an exit time-table as conceived by others."
 
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