One of Nigeria’s most respected stand-up comedians, Basketmouth, and Prof. Wole Soyinka, have come under fire for their earlier comments against Donald Trump just before the polls closed.
Image: Prof. Wole Soyinka
While celebrities in the U.S. shared mixed feelings on results from the presidential election, it’s all joy and no sorrow in Nigeria.
A large number of Nigerians were stunned after Soyinka threatened he would tear his Green Card if Trump is elected president of the U.S.
Basketmouth joined the chant by declaring he will run for the 2019 Presidential election in Nigerian if Trump wins.
“If Donald Trump wins the US election, I’m so running for the Presidential election in Nigeria 2019,” Basketmouth said.
The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said in a statement: “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.
“It’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions … the loftiness of human possibility.
“What is happening in Europe shouldn’t surprise any of us … It has happened before,” he said.
Image shows Prof. Wole Soyinka and Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The professor who is said to be a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, continues: “We were here when Enoch Powell was leading his thugs out to drive blacks from here … it’s a constant fight to try to get a nation to recognise its own noble persuasions, its own persuasions of the loftiness of human possibility. It’s for young people like you to say no to them whenever that happens.”
Most Nigerians are elated that America’s 2016 presidential election turned out positive for Donald Trump. And many are expecting their relatives who have been declared “missing in America” for decades, to come back home this time.
However, a few Nigerians have taken to social media against Prof. Wole Soyinka for the comments he made at Oxford University, England.
Image shows Prof. Wole Soyinka at the commissioning of high school in Osun state, Nigeria.
Here’s a compilation of what Nigerians are saying:
While some are talking about helping the professor do the unthinkable, there are others who think he shouldn’t consider returning to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, John McCain and Mitt Romney has sent their congratulatory messages to America’s President-Elect, Mr Donald J. Trump.