The Nigerian Government has said the Republic of Benin is not aspiring to be the 37th State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as reported in some sections of the media.
A statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, described the information as misleading.
According to Nwonye the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin, granted a press interview after a very fruitful 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 Federal Republic of Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has never aspired to make Benin or any country as part of Nigeria”, he said.
Nwoye said emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs was quoted out of context and called on the general public to disregard the wrong information.