The Federal Government on Saturday dismissed reports on Benin Republic’s quest to become Nigeria’s 37th state.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, reportedly told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Saturday that the Benin Republic President, Patrice Talon, had expressed his country’s readiness to be part of Nigeria.
The media briefing took place after a meeting between Onyeama and his Benin Republic counterpart, Aurélien Agbenonci.
He said the Beninoise President made the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari a few weeks back.
However, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, who reacted to the claim in a statement in Abuja, described the report as misleading.
He insisted that the minister was quoted out of context by the media.
The spokesman urged Nigerians to disregard the wrong information.