The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has debunked reports in the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs in a release issued on Saturday in Abuja,said the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin granted a Press Interview after a 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”.
The ministry said :
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has never aspired to make Benin or any country as part of Nigeria.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs was therefore quoted out of context and the general public should kindly disregard the wrong information.”