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Anger as Sokoto gov renames road after Seyi Tinubu

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The governor of Sokoto State, Ahmad Aliyu, has come under heavy attack after renaming a local road in honor of Seyi Tinubu, the son of President Bola Tinubu.

The road previously known as “Pepsi Road” was scheduled to be inaugurated on June 3 by Katsina state governor, Umaru Dikko Radda, but the event was postponed.

On Saturday, images of the newly renamed “Seyi Ahmed Bola Tinubu Road” went viral online, sparking controversy ahead of its rescheduled commissioning, the date for which remains unknown.

Residents expressed their dissatisfaction, arguing that the governor’s decision lacks justification.

“The governor overlooked many distinguished individuals from Sokoto and instead chose to honor the president’s son, who has no notable ties to Sokoto or the northern region,” said Salisu Ahmadu, a local resident, in an interview with Peoples Gazette.

The criticism extended to social media, where users voiced their concerns. One user, @UncleAnass, posted a photo of the road sign and commented, “This is how @Ahmedaliyuskt is tarnishing the reputation of Sokoto with his incompetence and servility. Naming a road after Seyi Tinubu, not even the President himself, is disgraceful.”

Another user, @Heinz_Gunner, likened the move to autocratic practices, saying, “This is how it begins!” Meanwhile, @jnraib2 pointed out that even Lagos, the Tinubu family’s stronghold, hasn’t named a road after Seyi Tinubu.

“Naming a road in Sokoto after Seyi Tinubu highlights Nigeria’s tendency to celebrate individuals with minimal contributions to the nation’s development,” tweeted @AsIngawa001.

Meanwhile, efforts to obtain comments from Abubakar Bawa, the spokesman for the Sokoto governor, were unsuccessful.

 

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