The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has revealed that the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, had expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.
Onyeama, said this after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci.
He said the Beninoise president made the offer to President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Nigeria few weeks ago.
In his 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”.
“We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”
The minister further stated that both presidents also discussed agreements between the two countries on how to put the issues of smuggling to an end.