Nigeria to issue UN passport to ‘stateless’ persons — Lawmaker

Nigerian Lawmaker Sani Zorro

Sani Zorro, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the Nigerian government plans to issue United Nations passport to people at risk of being stateless.

Mr. Zorro made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Abuja, marking the second anniversary of Nigeria ratifying the Abidjan Declaration to end statelessness.

He said that the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and the National Immigration Department are engaged in a process called refugee status determination.

He explained that this process would help to ascertain stateless persons that are eligible for the UN passport, a document they can hold on to before their respective cases are resolved.

Mr. Zorro noted that it is important for Nigeria to speedily domesticate and implement the Abidjan Declaration on statelessness as it contains the strategies and recommendations of dealing with statelessness.

He pointed out that there was a looming stateless situation in Nigeria which could arise from the high level of displacement in the North-east.

“As a result of the North East Crises, quite a number of refugees who find themselves in neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon may not be able to return to Nigeria again.

“The longer they live and reproduce in those countries, they would face the risk of statelessness because in future when the host countries ask of their nationality, they would not be able to show evidence.

“The other situation could be as a result of the over 800 Turkish nationals living and running different businesses in Nigeria whose nationalities were recently nullified by their country’s President.

“Another situation is of some Nigerians who fled from the Central Africa Republic (CAR) to Nigeria three years ago during the political crises and settled in Kano, Jigawa and other North-western states.

“These groups of persons are currently stateless because as a result of loss of documents. The younger ones who were born in CAR do not have any papers to prove themselves as Nigerians,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Feb. 25, 2014, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) organised a Regional Ministerial Conference on ending statelessness.

At the end of the conference which held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, participants who represented 15 countries in the sub region ratified the document also known as the “Abidjan Declaration’’.

The declaration contains steps and recommendations to be adopted by member countries to ending statelessness in West Africa.

The conference was organised to show West Africa’s commitment to the UNHCR’s ten-year global campaign which was launched on Nov. 4, 2014, to eradicating statelessness by 2024. (NAN)


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  • Frederick Windsor

    Boko Haram sponsors are already plotting the next phase.
    What happened to simply enumerating those people and documenting where they come from in Nigeria?

    Now these passports will definitely be used by Boko haram to travel around the world legally for more military trainings.

    • Mamman Bako

      Yes o!

  • Mamman Bako

    Very ignorant idea!!!

  • obamajack2

    UN passports for the terrorist? It is very dangerous to the world peace.

  • Impulse400

    There is more to this idea than meets the eye. A refugee still has a state or country, despite the events that causes his/her displacement. The imaginary borders surrounding the landmass of his homeland still exists, why are they referred to as stateless and what do they need a United Nations Passport for…? Has United Nations now become a Nation, One Nation…? Is this their way of documenting their first citizens (casualties)…?

    Step by step advancement to the actualization of the New World Order project.

    One Government,
    One Army,
    One Currency.

  • Curseless

    The grown up’s among the so called refugees and stateless people know which countries they are from at the minimum. Let us assume they can no longer identify the exact location of their villages due to physical dislocation many can still tell you the name of their villages. Issuing the UN passport is a sure way of giving Boko Haram members a safe haven and I can guarantee you that no sooner they get that “katakata” will break Not only that some Nigerians may start cloning the card to see if they can use it to get refugee status in the west. NIGERIANS????

  • Invictus

    They !want to legalize boko harm to move freely

  • Lina

    The grand Islamisation plan is being unraveled slowly. I believe that once the passport is issued the stateless persons are free to claim and remain in any state of their choice. This will legitimise the The Fulani herdsmen who they claim are not Nigerians even though they are the ones employing them to transverse the length and breath of Nigeria in search of pasteur. States can no longer ask them to move on after all they are stateless.
    World Islamic domination is on the move and the most populated country in Africa is playing its part.