The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the intention of the government to strip 142 citizens of Nigeria of their citizenship in what seems like the first of such drastic constitutional measure by the office of Nigerian presidency in many years.
This much was made known in a publication carried as advertorial by the ministry of interior and signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry on behalf of the Minister of Interior retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd).
The details of the names of the 142 Nigerians who may lose their citizenship for sundry reasons were listed together with the reasons for the threat to revoke their citizenship by the president who would in the next few months stand for an election for a second term.
“The ministry of Interior wishes to inform all foreign nationals who acquired Nigerian Citizenship by Naturalization and Registration, and are in possession of dual or multiple nationalities to renounce the acquired citizenship that is, the nationality other than their countries of birth. Also citizens who are originally from countries that do not allow dual nationality are advised to renounce the citizenship of the country of their origin, if they intend to keep Nigerian Citizenship. Evidence of compliance should be submitted to Citizenship and Business Department, Ministry of Interior, Area I Old Federal Secretariat, Garki, Abuja on or before 18th March, 2019.”
“This is in line with the provisions of Chapter III section 28 Sub-Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which states thus; “a person shall forfeit forthwith his Nigerian Citizenship if, not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, he acquires or retains the citizenship or nationality of a country, other than Nigeria, of which he is not a citizen by birth” “any registration of a person as a citizen of Nigeria or the grant of Certificate of Naturalization to a person who is a citizen of a country other than Nigeria at the time of such registration or grant shall, if he is not a citizen by birth of that other country, be conditional upon effective renunciation of the citizenship of that other country within a period of not more than twelve months from the date as such registration or grant.”
“It should be noted that his announcement applies to persons who have been in possession of dual/multiple nationalities for several years contrary to the twelve months as enshrined in the constitution. Failure to do so within the above stipulated period will attract revocation of Nigerian citizenship. The affected persons should please check the attached list for their names and respond accordingly, please.”
Some of the names on the list are:
MRS. LINDA ISA; AKU ANNE TIMNI (MRS.); IRINA EKPO-UMOH; ZINASH D. OSUNDE; MRS. TAMARA VASILEVNA NDONYA (NIGERWIVE); SHU FONG CHEN OKORIE; BAKI IDASA MANDOR; ARC (MRS.) FATIMA ESSIEN MOMA (NIGERWIVE); MRS. GRACE P. IMUEKEEMHIE; MRS. PRINCWILL MARIELUISIE (NIGERWIVE); HASSAN FAWAZ; NATALIA IVANOVA UMOREN; DR. (MRS.) ANITA ALIKAH; JANA D. OSUKU (MRS.) MRS. MARJOLAINE ESCANDE WADIKE; DR. BENOY BERRY.