Wole Soyinka reacts to call to scatter his USA residence permit

I am embarrassed to be called a Nigerian - Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has said he will no longer destroy his United States’ residency permit just yet.

The residence permit is afforded to immigrants granted permanent residence in the United States of America.

He warned that Donald Trump’s victory could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.

Soyinka stated that Trump’s ‘bunker mentality’ could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.

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Following the announcement of Trump’s victory, Nigerians questioned Soyinka if he would honor his pledge.

In response, Soyinka said he is biding his time until Trump is inaugurated in January before deciding on his next steps.

“Why don’t we wait until Trump actually takes office?

“I am just going about my normal commitments, but definitely not getting into any more commitments. Let’s put it that way for now,” he said.

Recall that the U.S. provided $71 million worth of equipment, logistics and training to five countries.

The countries include Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin.

Together, they formed a joint task force in 2015 to fight book haram militant.

Obama also approved the deployment of up to 300 U.S. military personnel to Cameroon in October 2015.

Their mission was to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the region.

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Soyinka says Trump may cancel those deals stressing that “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 stated.

“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.

Soyinka is based between Nigeria and the U.S., where he is affiliated to several universities.