Tinubu, On Wike’s Recommendation, Names Abuja Expressway After Wole Soyinka

In celebration of his first year in office, President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, approved the naming of the full-scope Arterial road N20 from Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway (otherwise called the Murtala Mohammed Expressway), as the Wole Soyinka Way.

Prof Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, is one of the staunchest supporters of President Tinubu and his administration.

However, Tinubu said the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, recommended Soyinka for the honour.

The president made the disclosure during his address at the inauguration of the road in Abuja on Tuesday, June 4, where he described the 89-year-old playwright as a foremost playwright who has brought international acclaim to Nigeria.

Tinubu also appreciated Wike for the recommendation.


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“Let me say here that your momentous recommendation to name this road Wole Soyinka Way is well received. He is our foremost playwright, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner, who has brought Nigeria fame and pride of international acclaim. Thank you for thinking that way, we all accept your recommendation on behalf of the people and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the President said.

Tiubu while commending wike said he has proven his critics wrong.

The inauguration of the Wole Soyinka Way is the fifth project inaugurated by President Tinubu, as part of events to mark his administration’s first year in office.

Other projects commissioned include the Southern Parkway, renamed the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, otherwise known as the Metro Rail, and the Outer Southern Parkway, renamed the Mahamadou Issoufou Way.

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