Lai Mohammed recently revealed this to the press, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, months back, the University of Aberdeen in Scotland agreed to return a Benin Bronze from its collections, and that will be handled in months to come.
He added that a date has also been secured for the repatriation of antiquities from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
His words, “In March 2021, the University of Aberdeen in Scotland agreed to return a Benin Bronze from its collections.”
“We shall take possession of this in October this year.”
“We have also secured a date in October 2021 for the repatriation of antiquities from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.”
“These antiquities consist of two important Benin Bronzes and an exquisite Ife Bronze head.”
“The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has also agreed to return a disputed Benin artefact.”
“We will soon commence the procedure for the repatriation of this highly-valued piece.”
“As you are aware, I recently led a high-level Nigerian delegation to Berlin, Germany, to iron out the modalities for the repatriation.”
“The negotiations were tough but fruitful and have agreed that there is no going back on the issue of returning the Benin Bronzes.”
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