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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

FG makes U-turn, says Abuja road not named after Soyinka

FG makes U-turn, says Abuja road not named after Soyinka

In a twist of event, the federal government has cleared the air on the renaming of roads in Abuja connecting Nobel Laureate winner and scholar, Wole Soyinka.

In a release signed by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Rabiu Ibrahim and made available to Allnews.ng and other newsmen, the federal government debunked rumours on the misinformation of road renaming.

It disclosed that the Arterial Road N20, a road linking the Muritala Muhammed expressway is renamed after the legendary writer and not the Muritala Expressway.

The release reads in part; "We have noted the rumours being circulated that the Murtala Mohammed Expressed Way in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way. 

"The renaming of the Murtala Mohammed Expressway Way has never been contemplated by this administration. 

"For the record, on June 4, 2024, President Bola Tinubu inaugurated a new road in the FCT codenamed Arterial Road N20 (from Katampe to Jahi), which links the existing Outer Northern Expressway (also known as Murtala Mohammed Expressway) to the Northern Parkway (also called Ahmadu Bello Way). 

"During the inauguration of the N20 (which is a new road), FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, proposed to the President that the road be named after Prof Wole Soyinka, and the President agreed. 

"Therefore, it is the Arterial Road N20 that is named after Prof Soyinka. The Murtala Mohammed Expressway remains unchanged and continues to bear the name of our esteemed former Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed.

"We urge all citizens to disregard any misinformation regarding the renaming of the Murtala Mohammed Expressway. The report is entirely false and only exists in the imagination of its purveyors."

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