Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, conveyed his enthusiasm and readiness for his country to become part of Nigeria.
Can Benin Republic possibly become part of Nigeria?
This is a question that is on the lips of everyone who has heard about this possible development. But the people still await clarification as to what the actual possibility is and whether it could happen.
Geoffrey Onyeama made his comments just after a close door meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Benin Republic, Aurelien Agbenonci, who said that the Beninoise President made the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari weeks ago.
In Onyeama’s words, “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.”
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Apart ffrom this surprising proposition, Onyeama said that both presidents also talked about how both countries can combat the issue of smuggling, as a follow up to the meeting of the presidents.
It would be quite interesting to see what the ramifications of this proposition are and what it holds for the people of both countries. Further clarification is being anticipated with eagerness.