By Ogbolu George
Professor Wole Soyinka has accused President Donald Trump of the United States of making use of ”latent xenophobia” to get elected into the White House.
The literary icon made this known in an interview with AFP at the Paris Book Fair.
Soyinka had renounced his US green card upon Trump’s victory in November over the Republican’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
”He played to a latent xenophobic streak which exists in all societies including mine.
”When I see that kind of conduct to gain power, I’m completely revolted,” he said.
Erection of walls
The Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1986, said he was horrified when hundreds of thousands of people were actually applauding Trump when he uttered those sentiments during campaign.
”I’m against the erection of walls, especially in people’s minds
”I’ve never made any bones about it, whether it’s happening in Nigeria,” he said.
He defended the right of the Igbos ”to assert themselves as a distinct people even when they are within a political and geographical zone” anywhere in the world.
”What is a crime is within an artificial entity like Nigeria you have states being created which are not viable,” he added.
Biafra unsuccessfully fought for independence in a brutal three-year civil war, during which Soyinka was imprisoned for nearly two years over allegations of espionage.
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