FG grants 335 foreigners citizenship, disqualifies 165 – Nigerian Citizenship

FG grants 335 foreigners citizenship, disqualifies 165 – Nigerian Citizenship – The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday granted citizenship to 335 foreigners residing in the country, who has earlier applied for citizenship of Nigeria. This 335 applications were chosen among the 500 applications received by the government.

According to Section 26 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria which states that a person may be registered as a citizen of Nigeria, if the President is satisfied that –he is a person of good character; he has shown a clear intention of his desire to be domiciled in Nigeria; and he has taken the Oath of Allegiance prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution, The Federal Government of Nigeria granted these 335 foreigners who met the required qualifications and dismissed 165 who didn’t.

FG grants 335 foreigners citizenship, disqualifies 165 – Nigerian Citizenship

FG grants 335 foreigners citizenship, disqualifies 165 - Nigerian Citizenship

The Interior Minister, General Abdulrahman Dambazzau disclosed this while addressing the State House journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Gen. Abdulrahman said 245 of those granted citizenship, applied through naturalisation and 90, through registration. (Knowing fully well that citizenship can be acquired by Naturalisation and registration by foreigner).

The Interior Minister further explained that;

Of over 500 applications that they considered, 335 were recommended for citizenship and this memo was brought to council to that effect. Citizenship is either by naturalisation or by registration.

“There were 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 registration and that’s what’s popularly known as Niger-wives which is for women in foreign countries married to Nigerian citizens. That is also clearly spelt out in section 27 of the constitution.

“So, the requirements are there and we considered them. Those who met the requirement, the advisory council recommended and sent to the council for approval.

On why 165 were disqualified, the minister said: “You know there is a preliminary investigation on each applicant and this is normally done in the state they reside.

This is because there’s representation of all the agencies where these applications are taken. So, it’s not just the issue of criminality. There are requirements laid down in the constitution, and each of these requirements must be met by every applicant.

The moment any applicant doesn’t meet any of the requirements, 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”. He Explained.

Recalling: 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.

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