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FG grants citizenship to ‘Naija wives’, other foreign nationals

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has disclosed the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved citizenship to 286 foreign nationals out of the 600 who applied.

Aregbesola stated this at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Explaining the categories of citizenship granted, he said there are; “two categories. There are those that will be considered for naturalization. And there are those who consider for registration. Who are the ones for registration?

“They are women married to Nigerians, they are called Naija wives, who, besides having the right of residency and movement, without any restriction or without requirement of visa to and fro to country are desirous of Nigerians.

“So, they become Nigerians, they get granted citizenship by registration. Whereas foreign nationals who are desirous of Nigerians, they’re not actually being wives of Nigerians, we give them citizenship by naturalization”.

Speaking on the number of applications received, he said; “We received 600 applications from several people, foreign nationals, who are in Nigeria, who have been residing in Nigeria, they are desirous to be Nigerians.

“These applicants are from virtually every part of the world. Americans, North and South Australian, Europeans Arabs, Asians, all over.”

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