Benin Republic, a country which shares border with Nigeria within the West African subregion has expressed interest to be merged with African giant, Nigeria as her 37th state.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, he said that the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, said his country is ready to be part of Nigeria.
Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a closed-door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise president made the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks back.
“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,” he said, according to a report by DailyTrust.
“We should be one. They charged us to come together at the ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”
Onyeama said during the visit, both presidents discussed agreements between the two countries on how to put the issue of smuggling to an end.
Nigeria currently has 36 states and capital which is categorized into six geopolitical zones.
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