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Nigerian Government Makes A Sharp U-Turn, Says Republic Of Benin Is Not Aspiring To Be A State In Nigeria

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The Nigerian Government has denied reports that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to become the 37th state in Nigeria. Reports of the country aspiring to become a country in Nigeria were rife online on Saturday, February 20.

However, in a statement released last night, the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinard Nwoye, dismissed the report.

According to Nwoye, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, recently had a press briefing with his counterpart from Benin republic and at the press briefing, Onyeama said the President of Benin has asked that the bilateral relations between the Benin Republic and Nigeria should be as though Benin republic was the 37th state in Nigeria. 

Read the statement below

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