FG clarifies Abuja road named after Wole Soyinka

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The federal government has clarified that the Murtala Mohammed Way in Abuja, the federal capital territory (FCT) was not renamed after Prof Wole Soyinka. (NOP) reports the government to have said renaming Murtala Mohammed Expressway in Abuja has never been contemplated by the President Bola Tinubu administration.

In a statement by Rabiu Ibrahim, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, the FG clarified that it was the Arterial Road N20 that was named after Prof Soyinka and that the Murtala Mohammed Expressway remains unchanged.

The statement reads: “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”.