A West African country, Benin Republic has expressed its readiness to become part of Nigeria and is ready to be designated one of the states in Africa’s most populous nation.

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

He stated this shortly after a close- door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, adding that the Beninoise president gave the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks back.

He 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.”

Onyeama said, at the visit, both presidents discussed agreements between the two countries on how to put the issue of smuggling to an end, once and for all, as a follow up to the tow presidents meeting.


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