Nigerians have reacted to a statement made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in which he said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, has expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.
In report published by Daily Trust, Oyeama had made this revelation shortly after been in a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci.
He said the Beninoise president gave 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.
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 presidents’ meeting.
However, some Nigerians have taken to social media to express their thoughts concerning the proposed affiliation.
The Heritage Times brings you some of such thoughts:
If Nigeria Government can adopt Chad & Benin Republic, Terrorists & bandits will reduce.
— Jubril of Sudan till 2023 (@Gen_Buhar) February 20, 2021
So Benin Republic wants to be Nigeria 37th state? Omo I don't even know what to say. I just hope they don't regret it. pic.twitter.com/xR9b9DNTUb
— Jude Olowo😊💊👨🏽💻 (@Olowo_jude) February 20, 2021
How can Benin Republic that have less corrupt government and steady electricity than Nigeria want to be Nigeria's 37th state? pic.twitter.com/6zNNk7zlEl
— Dj Ptricks (@Fabbyjnr_) February 20, 2021
Benin Republic don allow Naija IG page deceive them, when they finally Join Nigeria, they will see its fake life 😂
— PH Point 1 (@ajuicygeorge) February 20, 2021
Benin Republic wants to join Nigeria so they can cash out from this hopeless government and run 😂 pic.twitter.com/6balL18OA4
— Augustine Osagiede Sylvester BBNaija (@Sly_Osagiede) February 20, 2021
Benin republic want to be Nigeria’s 37th state
ASUU looking at Benin republic students like pic.twitter.com/in801VMHIj
— JÓNÅD (@iamjonado) February 20, 2021
So if Benin republic join us as a state their President will now become governor pic.twitter.com/kfKEiUqA90
— bidexxx (@i_ambidex) February 20, 2021
Benin Republic should better read the terms well to avoid fighting for freedom by their children in the future.. and me am not ready to learn how to draw new map of Nigeria, map that I even draw with hatred 😡 pic.twitter.com/q1rWNOSzyE
— Samuel Mbah ◽ (@mbahdeyy4u) February 20, 2021
So, if Benin Republic becomes Nigeria's 37th state, Super Eagles AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic will be played as Nigeria vs Nigeria Anex pic.twitter.com/p8Zl1U9GZf
— Tomiwa Ojo (@10Qmedia) February 20, 2021