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The Minister of International Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, says the Republic of Benin isn’t aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Ministry of International Affairs made this disclaimer in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, on Saturday in Abuja.
The International Affairs Minister defined that the deceptive reviews have been quoted out of context following the assembly with Onyeama and his Beninese counterpart on Feb. 18 in Abuja.

“The eye of the Ministry of International Affairs has been drawn to deceptive reviews within the media that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37 State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Honourable Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, within the presence of his counterpart from the Republic of Benin granted a Press Interview after a really fruitful assembly between Ministerial delegations from each international locations.
“And acknowledged therein that the President of Benin Republic stated he would love the relations between the 2 international locations to be so shut as if Benin was the thirty seventh State of Nigeria’.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has no territorial ambition and has by no means aspired to make Benin or any nation as a part of Nigeria.
“The Minister of International Affairs was due to this fact quoted out of context and most people ought to kindly disregard the unsuitable data,” the ministry urged,” the assertion stated.

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