The Minister of Overseas Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, says the Republic of Benin isn’t aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Ministry of Overseas Affairs made this disclaimer in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, on Saturday in Abuja.
The Overseas Affairs Minister defined that the deceptive experiences have been quoted out of context following the assembly with Onyeama and his Beninese counterpart on Feb. 18 in Abuja.
“The eye of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs has been drawn to deceptive experiences 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 a Press Interview after a really fruitful assembly between Ministerial delegations from each nations.
“And acknowledged therein that the President of Benin Republic mentioned he would really like the relations between the 2 nations to be so shut as if Benin was the thirty seventh 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 a part of Nigeria.
“The Minister of Overseas Affairs was due to this fact quoted out of context and most people ought to kindly disregard the unsuitable data,” the ministry urged,” the assertion mentioned.
“Republic of Benin not aspiring to be a part of Nigeria”– Geoffrey Onyeama, retracts