FG dismisses report on Benin Republic’s quest to become Nigeria’s 37th state

February 21, 2021

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.

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