Nigeria grants 335 foreigners citizenship

Nigeria passport [Photo credit: today.ng]
Nigeria passport [Photo credit: today.ng]

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved Nigerian citizenship for 335 foreigners and rejected the applications of 165 others.

The Minister of Interior, Abudulrahman Dambazau, made this known at a joint State House Media briefing with the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina.

The briefing was held after the FEC meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Dambazau explained that the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigerian citizenship received 500 applications and recommended 335 of the applicants for approval.

“The Ministry of Interior memo is on granting of citizenship to non-Nigerians, who applied.

“So we sit down to consider those applications. The last time this was done was in 2013. So we had some backlog of these applications.

“We have over 500 applications that we considered; out of these, 500 applications, 335 in total, were recommended for citizenship and this memo was brought to the council to that effect.

“Now the citizenship is either by naturalisation or by registration.

“There are 245 that applied for citizenship by naturalisation and the requirements to be met are clearly stated in section 26 of the constitution.

“Then there is citizenship by naturalisation and that is what is popularly known as Niger-wives, which is for women from foreign countries, who are married to Nigerian citizens.

“And that is also clearly spelt out in section 27 of the constitution.

“So, the requirements are there; we consider the requirements; those, who meet the requirement, we recommend, and the advisory council recommends and sends a memo to council for approval.

“So, today, the Council approved the recommendations of those who applied – 345 of them: 245 by naturalisation and 90 by registration.’’

The minister stated that all the successful applicants had complied with the sections 26 and 27 of the Nigerian constitution.

He said: “The moment any applicant doesn’t meet any of the requirement, check section 26 and 27 of the constitution, they are clearly stated there.

“If there are security issues, the security agencies will bring them out to say that a person belongs to a given group in-terms of security risk.

“But apart from that, we followed the rules and regulations, those constitutional requirements must be met.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that in 2013 the Federal Government granted Nigerian citizenship to 174 foreigners while the applications of 27 persons were rejected.

(NAN)


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  • laraba

    This is a very good example by Nigeria. Most countries have frustrating bottlenecks for naturalizing as citizen. Even Japan does not allow a person not born of Japanese parents to become Japanese. And in the U.S. it is just a nightmare trying to get their green card. Good job by Nigeria.

    • Are you advocation we shouldn’t grant what millions of our own citizens seek from various country and perhaps show our humanitarian side?

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  • PolyGon2013

    Please do not give any Arabs citizenship. They are terrorists.

    • Okey Egenti

      You can be sure they re all Arab citizens

  • Otile

    Who will bring back those fleeing Nigeria to escape Buhari induced recession and consequent hunger?

  • Justice

    I hope they do not grant foreign boko haram fighters citizenship.

  • Omolaso

    All the Nass members must produce their birth certificate . You remember Shugaba Saga? We have very wide porous borders we dont even know who is who with a lot of strange funny names !!!!!

  • johnbull

    Please could you explain to the public where this guys come from.i assume majority of them came from terror related countries like Iran,Aghans etc

    • Okey Egenti

      You are right, what this failed administrator is doing is to turn Nigeria into chaos

  • Tokunbo Pole

    Nigeria is being sold out.Who are the people granted citizenship?are they terrorist?in their own country,do they grant immigrant the same right?why do they come to Nigeria?to exploit the treasury and loot it back to their country like Lebanese and Indians?99% of them are not in Nigeria to contribute to the development of Nigeria but to take advantage in collaboration with the corrupt politicians.