Abuja - Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.
He noted that Trump’s “bunker mentality could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.
The U.S has provided over $71 million worth of equipment, logistics and training to five countries—Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin—that together formed a joint task force in 2015 to fight the militants.
But Soyinka in an interview with Newsweek said Nigeria and its neighbors should not expect such collaboration and support under Trump.
“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?’” says Soyinka, speaking to Newsweek from New York.
“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,”
On his pledge to destroy his green card if Trump becomes the US President, Soyinka said he will not destroy his residency permit for now.
Soyinka had earlier promised to destroy the card on January 20, 2017, the day Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the US.
- News 24