Sokoto State Governor, Ahmad Aliyu, has drawn public criticism for renaming a road in the state after Seyi Tinubu, the son of President Bola Tinubu.

According to Peoples Gazette, the road, previously known as “Pepsi Road,” was initially set to be inaugurated on June 3 by Katsina State Governor Umaru Dikko Radda. However, the event was postponed. On Saturday, a photo of the renamed road, “Seyi Ahmed Bola Tinubu Road,” went viral on social media, though the new commissioning date has yet to be announced.

Many residents expressed outrage over the decision, arguing that Seyi Tinubu has not made significant contributions to Sokoto or Nigeria to warrant such an honor. “The governor ignored many distinguished Sokoto natives and instead named a road after the president’s son, who is not even from Sokoto or the northern region,” said Salisu Ahmadu, a local resident, speaking to Peoples Gazette.

On social media, the backlash was palpable. An X user, @UncleAnass, shared a photo of the renamed road, stating, “This is how @Ahmedaliyuskt is denigrating the name of Sokoto with his lack of capacity and sheepishness. Imagine naming a road after Seyi Tinubu. Not even the Tinubu self. Mtschew. This is so denigrating. This is really pathetic. Allah ya isa.”

Another user, Heinz_Gunner, commented, “Road to North Korea. This is how it begins!!,” while @jnraib2 remarked, “Even Lagos didn’t name a road after Seyi Tinubu, but Sokoto governor must impress Tinubu.”

@AsIngawa001 added, “Seyi Tinubu road in Sokoto State stands as a testament to Nigeria’s practice of celebrating individuals with little or no contribution to the country’s progress.”

Efforts to reach Abubakar Bawa, spokesperson for the Sokoto governor, for comments were unsuccessful.

Although Seyi Tinubu holds no official position in his father’s administration, he appears to wield influence within the APC and has accompanied his father on several foreign trips. Notably, he was barred from attending a Federal Executive Council meeting a few months ago.

The decision to rename the road has ignited a debate about merit and recognition, with many questioning the appropriateness of honoring someone with limited direct impact on the state or nation.

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