Onyeama clarifies Benin statement, says he was misquoted


By Abba Gwale

Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said Benin Republic is not aspiring to be part of Nigerian states as reported by Nigerian media organizations.

In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, the minister said the entire report is misleading and quoted him out of context.

“The President of Benin said he would like the relationship between the two countries to be so close as if Benin was the 37th state of Nigeria ,” the statement said.

It added that, “Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has never aspire to make Benin or any country as part of Nigeria.”

Geoffrey Onyeama and his counterpart of Benin Republic met during a visit where both parties discussed agreements between the two countries on how to put the issue of smuggling to an end, once and for all.

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