286 Foreigners Bag Nigerian Citizenship


Eighty-six Lebanese, 14 Britons, and four Americans were among 286 foreign nationals conferred with the status of Nigerian citizenship by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, following approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Of these deserving persons who signed to be Nigerians, 208 were conferred citizenship status by naturalisation, while the remaining 78 were conferred by registration after they officially recited the oath of allegiance and the Nigerian national pledge during the ceremony held at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Addressing them, Buhari directed the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately issue the new Nigerians with certificates, as appropriate, to enable them to enjoy the status wherever they reside in the country.

Buhari, urging them to make positive contributions in the different communities where they reside and abide by the ideals of the nation, said the ceremony was a constitutional requirement, aimed at removing the tag of “statelessness” on every bonafide citizen of the country.

He said: “You have pledged your allegiance to Nigeria. When you give your love and loyalty to Nigeria, she returns her love and loyalty to you.

“All those concerned with immigration matters are to offer our new citizens quick legal identification. Also, their local councils should assist with their integration in the local community, to enable them enjoy all the entitlements of a Nigerian citizen.”

“No matter where you come from, or what faith you practice, this country is now your country. Our history is now your history, and our traditions are now your traditions. Nigeria is your home and pride and joy.

“In line with our transformational ideals of strict adherence to due process and transparent procedures, the Ministry of Interior ensured that only deserving persons were recommended to the Federal Executive Council to be conferred with Nigerian citizenship.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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