The Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has dismissed media reviews that the Republic of Benin aspires to be the 37th state in Nigeria.
In a press release issued by the ministry spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, Onyeama mentioned the report was deceptive.
“The eye of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs has been drawn to deceptive reviews within the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Honourable Minister of Overseas Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, within the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin, granted an interview after a really fruitful assembly between ministerial delegations from each international locations and acknowledged therein ‘… the President of Benin Republic mentioned he would really like the relations between the 2 international locations to be so shut as if Benin was the 37th State of Nigeria.’
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has by no means aspired to make Benin or any nation as half of Nigeria,” Nwonye mentioned.
The assertion additional referred to as on most people to ignore the mistaken info.