Go Back to School Noisome Creatures-Soyinka Hits Back at Nigerians Telling him to Destroy his Green Card
, “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.’’
On tearing the card, he said
‘‘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.But don’t get nervous, or start jumping for joy too soon – the Nigerian passport is just as tough to rip, physically, as is the green card.”
“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.’’
Finally, Mr. Soyinka said he failed to understand why people were so concerned about his decision to destroy a document that belongs to him.
“I simply fail to understand why this has gone beyond a flurry of public commentary and hilarious cartoons, and turned into a masturbatory for some, a vomitory for others, and an epileptic sanatorium for a self-reproducing number,”.
A few days before Donald Trump’s victory, Prof.Soyinka told a gathering at Oxford University
“The moment they announce his [Trump’s] victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up,” .