FG breaks silence on purported renaming of Murtala Mohammed Way after Soyinka


Professor Soyinka

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Federal Government has rubbished report that the Murtala Mohammed Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja has been renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

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

The statement said the renaming of the Murtala Mohammed Expressway had 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).

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

Th FG added: “Therefore, it is the Arterial Road N20 that was 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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