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The Nigerian Government and Germany have signed a declaration that will pave the way for the return of 1,130 Benin bronzes to Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Min. of State for Foreign , Amb. Zubairu Dada, signed for Nigeria, while the Min. of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Ms Annalena Baerbock, and the Min. of State for Culture and the Media, Ms. Claudia Roth, signed for Germany.

The looted bronzes are expected to return to Nigeria 125 years after they were looted from the ancient Benin Kingdom during the Benin Expedition of 1897.

What the FG is saying

The Minister of Information and Culture said Germany did not colonize Nigeria and was not part of the looting of the , adding that many of the Benin Bronzes in German got there via and .

The minister recalled that the artefacts were looted from the ancient Benin Kingdom during the Benin Expedition of 1897 by the British .

Mohammed thanked the government and people of Germany for what he described as the ”single repatriation of artefacts anywhere in the world”. 

”We also want to most sincerely thank the authorities of the various German regions, cities, museums and institutions that have been in concert to ensure the manifestation of the history-making event that we are witnessing today. 

“By this singular , Germany has taken the lead in correcting the wrongs of the past,” he said.

Also Speaking, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Ms. Baerbock, said: ”It was to take the (Benin) bronzes. It was wrong to keep them for (125 years). This is the to right the wrong.”

In a symbolic gesture signifying the impending return of the artefacts, two of the Benin Bronzes were over to Nigeria at the signing ceremony.

In case you missed it 

  • Nairametrics reported last October that the Government the repatriation of 1,130 looted Benin bronzes from Germany to Nigeria is on and currently being negotiated by both , adding that the return of the artefacts will further cement the relationship between Nigeria and Germany.

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