The victory of DONALD TRUMP in the U.S. presidential race could jeopardize U.S. support in Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram, according to Nigerian Nobel Prize winner WOLE SOYINKA.
In an exclusive interview, Soyinka told the Newsweek magazine that TRUMP’s “bunker mentality” could see the U.S. withdraw support for counter-terrorism operations in West Africa.
The Nigerian author and playwright also says that he will not destroy his U.S. residency permit just yet, despite a pre-election pledge to “cut” his green card, which is afforded to immigrants granted permanent residence in the country.
According to him, he will trash the green card on January twenty, twenty seventeen when TRUMP will be inaugurated.
Under the administration of BARACK OBAMA, the U.S. has provided financial support and military training to West African countries fighting Boko Haram. The U.S. provided 71 million dollars 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, according to a February fact sheet from the U.S. State Department.
OBAMA also approved the deployment of up to 300 U.S. military personnel to Cameroon in October 2015 to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the region.
Speaking further and I quote, WOLE SOYINKA said “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?’
“I foresee Trump dismissing that kind of expectation offhand and closing in, shrinking, becoming smaller in terms of America’s [the presence in other parts of the world,” end of quote.