UNHCR wants Nigeria to lead fight to end statelessness

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Mark Manly, on Monday urged Nigeria to lead the campaign to end statelessness in West Africa.

He made the appeal as the UNHCR would be launching on November 4, the global campaign aimed at ending statelessness by 2024.

The statelessness refers to the condition whereby an individual or groups of persons have no national identity of any country.

According to UNHCR reports, no fewer than 750,000 people are stateless across the West African sub-region.

Mr. Manly said in Lagos that Nigeria would be instrumental in promoting the campaign to end statelessness in the sub-region.

He said that Nigeria should lead the campaign to restore the nationality of stateless persons and improve national laws to end statelessness in West Africa.

“The UNHCR strongly believes that, Nigeria with her diplomatic weight, can and should have a role to play in the reduction and prevention of statelessness across the West Africa sub-region.

“The UNHCR will, therefore, appreciate the diplomatic role of the Nigerian Government in ending statelessness in its country and other countries in West Africa.

“But Nigeria first needs to look at her nationality laws and other gaps which can lead to more people becoming stateless,’’ he said.

The UNHCR official also advised Nigeria to make necessary reforms in her constitution to be able to accommodate the provision of the UN 1961 Convention on statelessness.

Mr. Manly said that because Nigeria had ratified the Convention, it should play a vital role to play in making other countries in the region move to end statelessness.



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  • Otile

    Jonathan has not been able to resettle over half a million people displaced by Muslims in Iraq. Now in Nigeria over 750,000 people have become stateless. If Buhari was our president Muslims would not real their ugly head anywhere in the world. Buhari is a strong leader.

    • Deji75

      Completely wrong! Very week leader indeed. Cast your mind back in the eighties.
      Buhari and IBB is a strong sponsorer of Boko haram sect since they lost their Presidential election come back. Their past statement when lost confirms that. Sorry mate Nigeria will not be Islamized, God forbid.

  • Garden-City Boy

    That will never happen. It is an underhanded ploy to get barbaric fulani islamists fleeing the Sahel and roaming around from Mali and Futa Jalon to come here in droves to settle. If the West wants loose islamic terrorists to be under control the best approach is to hit them head on the same way as ISIS. The corner-corner way of preaching through surrogate agaency like the UNHCR is sneaky and unacceptable. The appropriate way to solve the menace of monstrous islamism is to destroy it wherever it rears its head. Storing deadly islamic parasites in our country at the expense of the resources coming from the South is unconscionable. We no-gree.