The federal government has disclosed the three ways through which any can acquire citizenship under Nigerian law.
The disclosure was made by the federal ministry of interior on Monday, January 6, days after American singer Cardi B, indicated the interest to file for Nigerian citizenship.
According to the ministry, the three different ways of acquiring citizenship under Nigerian law are through:
1. Citizenship by birth
2. Citizenship by registration
3. Citizenship by naturalisation
Giving details about the process, the ministry of interior explained that section 25 of the Nigerian constitution makes provision for citizenship by birth.
It said according to section 25:
A. Every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria.
B. Every person born in Nigeria after 1/10/1960 either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and
C. Every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.
Detailing how to apply for citizenship by registration, the ministry noted that section 26 of the constitution allows for such condition when:
1. A person may be registered as a citizen of Nigeria, if the President is satisfied that- he is of good character; he has shown a clear intention of his desire to be domiciled in Nigeria he has taken the Oath of Allegiance prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this constitution,
2. The provisions of section 26 shall apply to - (a) any woman who is or has been married to a citizen of Nigeria; or (b) every person of full age and capacity born outside Nigeria any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria.
Regarding citizenship by naturalisation, it said 27 of the Nigerian constitution makes provision for such as follows:
1. Any person who is qualified in accordance with the provisions of this section may apply to the President for a certificate of naturalization
2. No person shall be qualified to apply for naturalisation, unless he satisfies the president that:
He is a person of full age and capacity; he is a person of good character; he has shown a clear intention of his desire to be domiciled in Nigeria.
He is, in the opinion of the governor of the state where he is or he proposes to be resident, acceptable to the local community in which he is to live permanently, and has been assimilated into the way of life of Nigerians in that part of the federation.
He is a person who has made or is capable of making useful contribution to the advancement; progress and well-being of Nigeria; he has taken the Oath of Allegiance prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution; and.
He has, immediately preceding the date of his application, either- (i) resided in Nigeria for a continuous period of fifteen years.
Or resided in Nigeria continuously for a period of twelve months, and during the period of twenty years immediately preceding that period of twelve months has resided in Nigeria for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than fifteen years.
Meanwhile, American rapper Cardi B seems to be taking her interest to becoming a citizen of Nigeria pretty seriously, and as it appears, she wants to take her family also.
Shortly after sharing a post on micro blogging platform, Twitter, about her plans to get a Nigerian citizenship, the Bodak Yellow crooner returned with a different tweet in which she asked Nigerians to convince her husband and fellow rapper, Offset to move with her.
She revealed this on the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter. Sharing a photoshopped picture of Offset in a blue agbada, she wrote:"Convince him to move with me."
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