Murtala Muhammed Way Not Renamed After Soyinka – FG Clarifies

By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

The Federal Government has refuted the rumours that it named Murtala Muhammed Express Way in the Federal Capital Territory,(FCT) Abuja, after Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

This clarification was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Rabiu Ibrahim.

The Federal Government, According to the statement, said, the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway Way has never been contemplated by this administration.

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It said, “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 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”, it said.

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