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Soyinka hails Trump’s ouster, lauds Biden’s inauguration

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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has hailed the ouster of former president of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump and commended the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new helmsman.

Speaking on ARISE NEWS Channels late Wednesday, Prof. Soyinka said that the United State has redeemed its image by rejecting Trump at the presidential poll.

Soyinka said: “I feel honoured to be associated with the democratic forces of the United States for correcting the unbelievable error that they committed four years ago.”

Speaking on the green card issue, and why Trump is not fit to lead  the country, Soyinka said:

“I consider myself back in that community from which I dissociated myself four years ago and I am very glad to be back but I am not renewing my green card, it is not necessary.

“I go in and out as a visiting alien and that is good enough for me.”

He recalled warning Americans about the danger of Trump controversy, noting that his advice was ignored.

He said: “The complacency was very painful and I said if you people are so careless as to let this racist, this monster, this xenophobic aberrant, this disrespect of the female gender, this serial bankrupt, this man who called your own society a shithole country, if you are so careless as to let him become the next President, I am moving out.”

On the attack on the Capitol building by pro-Trump rioters, he stressed: “You can imagine what I have felt over the last few weeks, the siege on the Capitol.

“In a way it was rather heart-warming for the Americans themselves to feel that what they have been fighting for is not really a given in their society and they had to confront it in a brutal unbelievable way and they came out of it in flying colours.

“It is not over not by any means; I don’t say that for a single moment but it has been a lesson for us in this continent and we should be grateful that it did happen.

“I am sorry of course about the loss of life; I regret the disruption of normal life but now we are placed on the same playing level, that we are all fighting for the same virtue in human conduct, the same system.

“We all believe in that you cannot take it for granted, not anymore and for us here in Nigeria, it has been, I hope, it was been a heart-warming occasion.”

It could be recalled that Soyinka had torn his green cars to shreds, rejecting his status as a United States green card holder upon the swearing in of Donald Trump in 2017.


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