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Nigerian Government clarifies Abuja’s Murtala Muhammed Way not renamed after Wole Soyinka

The Plaque During Commissioning of the New Road Codenamed ‘Arterial Road N20’ in Abuja, FCT

*Mohammed Idris, Minister for Information and National Orientation, explains President Bola Ahmed Tinubu renamed ‘Arterial Road N20’ after Prof. Soyinka, while ‘Murtala Muhammed Expressway’, in Abuja, ‘remains unchanged, and continues to bear the name of our esteemed former Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Muhammed’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said it noted the rumours making the rounds that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way.

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, who noted this Monday, June 17, 2024, said the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway Way had never been contemplated by the current administration in Nigeria.

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation

In a statement by Rabiu Ibrahim, his Special Assistant on Media, the Minister clarified: “For the record, President Bola Tinubu, June 4, 2024, had 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).

“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.”

He also stated: “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.”

Idris added: “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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