Afenifere Applauds Tinubu for Naming FCT Highway After Soyinka: “It’s Better Late than Never”

  • Afenifere has praised president Bola Tinubu for naming the Arterial Road N20 in the FCT after prof. Wole Soyinka
  • Afenifere also commended FCT Minister Nyesom Wike for recommending the naming of the road
  • Ajayi noted that national honors for Soyinka, who received the Nobel Prize in 1986, were long overdue

FCT, Abuja-Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and socio-political organization, has expressed admiration for President Bola Tinubu’s decision to name the Arterial Road N20 in the Federal Capital Territory after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

In a statement, on Thursday, June 6, in Lagos, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jare Ajayi, Afenifere expressed appreciation for the president’s gesture.

Tinubu hailed over naming FCT highway after SoyinkaTinubu hailed over naming FCT highway after Soyinka
Photo credit: Wole Soyinka/Bola TinubuSource: Facebook

As reported by Punch, Ajayi described the honor as well-deserved, stating that Afenifere agrees with the President that the literary icon has brought Nigeria fame, pride, and international recognition.

Recall that president Bola Tinubu named the just inaugurated arterial road N20 from the northern parkway to the north outer expressway (ONEX) in the federal capital territory (FCT) as the Wole Soyinka Highway, as reported by The Cable.

He said:

“Not only that, the recognition is also a befitting prelude to celebrating the Professor’s 90th birthday coming next week.”

Ajayi also praised the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, for suggesting to President Tinubu that the road be named after Soyinka.

Ajayi noted that the actions of the minister and his team’s actions were improving Abuja’s aesthetics and infrastructure.

Ajayi further said pointed out that these qualities were emphasized by the ceremony in which Soyinka received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1986.

Ajayi stated that national honors for a man who has long been a global citizen were overdue.

Ajayi said:

“It is better late than never, though. Given the immense contributions he has made locally, nationally, and internationally to the efforts at ennobling humanity.”

Nigerian leaders must emulate Soyinka

The spokesperson for Afenifere urged Nigerian leaders to follow in Soyinka’s footsteps and prioritize actions that alleviate the suffering of the populace while boosting their sense of self-value.

Afenifere to Tinubu: Don’t fail like Buhari

In another development, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that he could not afford to fail like his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Afenifere urged Tinubu to go after those sponsoring terrorism as it would serve as a deterrent to criminals in the country.

The publicity secretary and deputy national publicity secretary, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, and Prince Justice Faloye disclosed this in a statement on Monday, March 11.

Source: TheTalk.NG


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