The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dispelled rumours that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to become the 37th state in the country.
Social media was agog with report that Nigeria’s West African neighbours are aspiring to be part of the country.
Reacting to the report, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement denying the rumours.
The statement was signed by the Spokesperson of the ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye and titled, “Republic of Benin Is Not Aspiring To Be Part of Nigeria.”
It reads, “The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to misleading reports in the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“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 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.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs was therefore quoted out of context and the general public should kindly disregard the wrong information.”