The federal government of Nigeria has granted citizenship to 335 foreign nationals on Tuesday in Abuja, after statutory clearance from related security agencies.
The Minister of Interior retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau issued the certificates of citizenship to the recipients, charging them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.
Mrs. Lara Oshiomhole, a Cape Verdean, and wife of former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomole was one of the recipients.
The Minister disclosed in his remarks that 335 of the over 500 applicants that applied were approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in January.
“Let me say that application for the Citizenship of Nigeria which can be by Naturalisation or Registration is provided for in Chapter 3, Sections 26 and 27 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ Dambazau said.
He said that the approval was part of government’s effort on the “Ease of doing business in Nigeria” and boosting Nigeria’s image in line with international best practice and urged the “new Nigerian citizens” to be of good conduct, respect the rights and customs of their communities and contribute to the development of Nigeria.
Recipients included nationals from Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, China and some African countries, most of whom are business moguls operating in Nigeria for years.
Dr. Lamabert Shumbusho, from Rwanda, who spoke on behalf of the recipients, thanked the Federal Government and promised to be committed to the development of Nigeria.
The Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) are responsible for processing applications for Naturalisation from foreign nationals who have stayed/lived in Nigeria for a minimum of 15 years and those by Registration who are mainly married to Nigerians.
The last citizenship award ceremony was done in December 2013.