Republic of Benin aspiring to be the 37th State of Nigeria is a misleading report – Geoffrey Onyeama

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described as misleading reports in the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

A statement by the ministry says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin  granted a Press Interview after a very fruitful meeting between Ministerial delegations from both countries and stated therein “… the President of Benin Republic said he would like the relations between the two countries to be so close as if Benin was the 37th State of Nigeria”.

It says Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has never aspired to make Benin or any country as part of Nigeria. 

The statement added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs was therefore quoted out of context and the general public should kindly disregard the wrong information.

Hamza Alkali 

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