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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Benin Republic Ready To Become Nigeria's '37th State', Minister Reveals

Geoffrey Onyeama

Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, has expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.

Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a close door meeting with his Beninoise counterpart, Aurelien Agbenonci, said the President of Benin Republic gave the offer during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja few weeks ago.

He added that both presidents also discussed agreements between the two countries on how to finally put an end to the issue of smuggling.

The Minister in his words said;

“The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in reality, Benin should be the 37th state of Nigeria.

“We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”

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