Republic of Benin not aspiring to be part of Nigeria – Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, says the Republic of Benin is not aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this disclaimer in a signed by spokesperson, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, on in Abuja.


The ministry is reacting to misleading speculations.

The Foreign Ministry explained that the misleading reports was quoted out of context following the meeting with Onyeama and his Beninois counterpart on Feb. 18 in Abuja.

“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 the Republic of Benin granted a Press Interview after a very fruitful meeting between Ministerial delegations both countries.

“And stated therein ‘… the President of Benin Republic said would like the relations between the 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 Benin or any country as part of Nigeria.


“The Minister of Foreign Affairs was therefore quoted out of context and the should kindly disregard the wrong information,” the ministry urged. (NAN)