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Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by rapistomenka: 5:17pm On Dec 05, 2016
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Monday disclosed that he never applied for an American Green Card and that it was former United States President, Jimmy Carter who got it for him.

Soyinka, at a press conference at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria also took a swipe at Nigerians who criticised him and wanted to know if he would abide by his comment to dump his green card if Donald Trump should win.

An unhappy Soyinka said his decision to dump the green card if Trump should win was personal and was no business of any Nigerian, decrying that unwarranted comments and insults against his personality on social media by bloggers and the rest was uncalled for because they were not the ones who got the green card for him.

“Let us look at the phenomenon of this green card, I called it Jimmy Carter’s card. Jimmy Carter got it for me,” he said.
Soyinka said it was when he was a lecturer at Emory University in the United States during the Abacha era that he got the green card which he never applied for.
“I was teaching then at Emory University. The President of my University, Williams Chase had applied for a green card for me, I was then on E1/B2 visa which allowed you to teach or to work in the US for a limited period. Finally my department head and president said to me, look, you should get a green card. They insisted and they went ahead.
“When you are about to move from one grade to the other, either a kind of visa to the next or from that visa to green card, you become a prisoner. You cannot leave the US unless you get what is know as exiat, if you do, you cannot come back to the US, you must wait and get an exiat,” he explained.

Soyinka added that at that time Senator Adeyeye, Kayode Fayemi and others in NADECO were supposed to have a meeting in London to fuse all the bodies fighting against Abacha into one and that his presence was highly needed at that meeting and that he needed to be there willy-nilly.
“The NADECO people called this meeting to unify the various forces fighting against Abacha, I applied for an exiat, it can take three days, a week, it depends on who is handling it and the day for the meeting gets closer and closer and Fayemi and the others kept harassing me that I must not miss the meeting,” he said.
Soyinka said further that Jimmy Carter, a fellow at Emory University and the university’s president decided to get him an exiat so that he would be able to return to the US after the meeting.

“It was the last flight for me to get to the UK. I told Kayode and the others that it looks as if I was going to miss it, but they insisted that I must be at the meeting, so I called my wife and told her that I don’t know when I will see her next, I am leaving for the meeting and I don’t have an exiat. I told my head of department and William Chase that I have to go. Williams Chase got to work, called Carter and they got to work.
“The idea was that they should get me the exiat in time, by the time I went to pick up my exiat, it was my green card. So to start with, I did not even asked for a green card. But the point was that I was ready to leave because of that struggle. I was ready to abandon the green card at that time for something I considered very important,” he said.
Soyinka said he was puzzled that Nigerians could poke-nosed into his private affairs and the exercise of his rights to freedom of speech.
“I really I am puzzled. I don’t know what the hazzle is all about, if I decide I want to leave the US and in a particular way, that is my business and not the business of the millipedes of internet who claw out at any excuse and lips flying in their trade. I don’t know what the excitation is, why do Nigerians tend to wail louder than the bereaved?

“What is your business? I am addressing those illiterates who feel that they have to make themselves heard and have to express opinion about everything, whether it concerns them or not and resort to vulgar abuse and insult simply because they are scared just because one person is saying I have had enough of the state. I just want to take a walk. This is simply a personal issue,” he said.
Soyinka also said he was considering taking a second exit from the nation, but he did not clarify whether he was leaving the country or not. He simply said “exit takes different form, you can exit internally or externally, it is possible I can exit into the autonomous republic of Egba, but certainly something must give way. There will be some action which I will take or refuse to take because of this incident which really should come to an end, I have had enough of this. There will be very gradual and accelerated exit from the public intervention; from giving the commitments I have made as part of general public service.”


He added that he would relocate the Soyinka’s foundation out of the country in view of the disregard Nigerians had for him.
In his words: “I am going to move the residency of the foundation operated by me out of the country, I have already begun to make arrangement. It is my property and I do what I like with it. If the board agrees, I am moving that residency out of Nigeria and if you like, you can follow me to where I am and put me in your blog because I move my foundation out of Nigeria.”

http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2016/12/05/jimmy-carter-got-me-my-green-card-i-never-applied-for-it-soyinka/

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by rapistomenka: 5:19pm On Dec 05, 2016
Somebody should pleas get prof a wife cheesy cheesy cheesy


Only an erection and subsequent ejaculation can calm his body down cheesy cheesy


Jimmy Carter gave you your green card and you accepted it with both hands and ran in a neck-breaking speed to America

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by angeltolly(f): 5:22pm On Dec 05, 2016
I don't know this man can talk loosely like this. Abi na old age dey worry Prof?

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by OZAOEKPE(f): 5:24pm On Dec 05, 2016
i dont know how and why they gave this olodo of a prof nobel prize, what major work has he done in this 21st century

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by thesicilian: 5:25pm On Dec 05, 2016
Jimmy Carter gave you a green card free of charge, while others were slaving away for years to get theirs. And the best way to pay him back was to tear up the green card because an election did not go your way

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by otukpo(f): 5:26pm On Dec 05, 2016
Somebody should please advise Soyinka to stop ranting.
He is embarrassing himself.

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by rapistomenka: 5:33pm On Dec 05, 2016
Since Soyinka want to destroy himself, we are obliged to help quicken the process

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by balanceofterror1(m): 5:34pm On Dec 05, 2016
Cultist

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by GoldCircle: 5:36pm On Dec 05, 2016
He started the whole thing by saying he would tear his green card shoul Donald Trump win. Some comments on their own aren't just honorable.

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by madridguy(m): 5:43pm On Dec 05, 2016
Baba Prof giving wailers/Ekpas headache since year 00AD.

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by huntila(m): 5:56pm On Dec 05, 2016
I think it's his property and his life .whatever he chose to do,should be his business. People should learn to mind their business

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by Fidelismaria: 5:57pm On Dec 05, 2016
this man shud shut up already

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by CowHard: 6:35pm On Dec 05, 2016
Wole Soyinka is an illiterate old fool..

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by rapistomenka: 6:37pm On Dec 05, 2016
OZAOEKPE:
i dont know how and why they gave this olodo of a prof nobel prize, what major work has he done in this 21st century


You think its easy to invent cultism in Nigeria cool

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by CowHard: 8:39pm On Dec 05, 2016
lalasticlala mynd44
Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by sod09(m): 10:00pm On Dec 05, 2016
Dis old man shd go ND sleep jo

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by zumarock9(m): 10:01pm On Dec 05, 2016
Old man wey no go fit talk true

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by soldierdollar(m): 10:01pm On Dec 05, 2016
Ofonjas

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by lonelydora: 10:01pm On Dec 05, 2016
Bikonu! Let us all stop listening to this man.

An adage in my place says " if an adult do himself like rice, children go carry spoon dey run behind him in a bid to eat him"..

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by Phi001(m): 10:01pm On Dec 05, 2016
OZAOEKPE:
i dont know how and why they gave this olodo of a prof nobel prize, what major work has he done in this 21st century
He got the prize in the 20th century na...

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by valJR(m): 10:01pm On Dec 05, 2016
ogebeni what's your problem

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by folay66(m): 10:02pm On Dec 05, 2016
Really, how much

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by soberdrunk(m): 10:02pm On Dec 05, 2016
Daddy its okay!! We have heard you sir!! angry angry

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by dljbd1(m): 10:02pm On Dec 05, 2016
I'm getting irritated already angry

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by hakeem4(m): 10:02pm On Dec 05, 2016
If you're tearing it tear it na ... Or should I help you

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by davibid: 10:02pm On Dec 05, 2016
Going to apply for my green card



grin

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by Nobody: 10:03pm On Dec 05, 2016
Why is Wolf Soyinka so troubled with this greencard issue?

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by dunkem21(m): 10:03pm On Dec 05, 2016
Meaningless. undecided

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by AntiWailer: 10:03pm On Dec 05, 2016
rapistomenka:
Somebody should pleas get prof a wife cheesy cheesy cheesy


Only an erection and subsequent ejaculation can calm his body down cheesy cheesy


Jimmy Carter gave you your green card and you accepted it with both hands and ran in a neck-breaking speed to America

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Re: Jimmy Carter Got Me My Green Card, I Never Applied For It-soyinka by Chipappii(m): 10:03pm On Dec 05, 2016
Wole please

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