FG Named Abuja’s Murtala Muhammed Way After Wole Soyinka? Truth Emerges

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The federal government has dismissed rumours that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja has been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, clarified this in a statement on Monday, June 17, noting that the Bola Tinubu administration has no plans to rename the road after Soyinka.

“We have noted the rumours being circulated that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way,” the minister stated through his media aide, Rabiu Ibrahim.

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“The renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway 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 Muhammed Expressway) to the Northern Parkway (also called Ahmadu Bello Way).

 

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“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 Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged and continues to bear the name of our esteemed former Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

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

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