After intensive deliberations, members of the Federal Government Council (FEC) accepted the applying of 286 foreigners and located them to be worthy and eligible residents of Nigeria henceforth.
Among the many new residents of Nigeria are Individuals, Arabs and Asians.
The event which can come as a shock for a lot of Nigerians was introduced by the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday on the State Home, Abuja.
He defined that the approval for the foreigners got here following safety clearance by the related authorities within the nation.
Aregbesola stated Council thought of a report offered by an Advisory Committee on Nigerian Citizenship which had submitted identical to the Ministry after a radical scrutiny of the candidates who sought to grow to be Nigerians.
He stated, “that is the primary set, by the tip of this primary quarter or newest by the center of the yr one other set shall be offered to council.
“We obtained 600 purposes from a number of folks, international nationals who’ve been residing in Nigeria, however desirous of being Nigerians. These candidates are from nearly each a part of the world. Individuals, North and South Korean, Australians, Europeans, Arabs, Asians, throughout, even South Africans.
“Out of the 600 candidates, the Advisory Committee accepted for the consideration of the council 280. Earlier than the presentation, some brokers of presidency scrutinised these candidates. The Businesses are the Division of State Safety, the international affairs ministry, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the state of domicile of these people.
“The state will give us their report of relationship from the group to all the degrees within the state to make sure that they’re women and men of integrity and good character. So, it’s all of those that the Advisory committee checked out to shortlist and advocate 280.”
In a associated comment, Aregbesola defined that being given Nigerian citizenship was in two classes, saying, “There are those who we take into account for naturalisation. And there are these we take into account for registration, the ladies.
“They’re ladies married to Nigerians, they’re known as Naija wives, who in addition to having the appropriate of residency and motion, with none restriction or requirement of visa backward and forward the nation, are desirous of being Nigerians.
“So, they grow to be Nigerians, they get a grant of citizenship by registration. Whereas international nationals who’re desirous of being Nigerians, with out essentially being wives of Nigerians are given citizenship by naturalization.
“So, the variety of those that are granted Nigerian citizenship by naturalization by means of the consideration of their purposes are 208. Whereas those that are granted citizenship by registration are 78. So, in the present day FEC accepted the grant of citizenship to 208 candidates for naturalization and 76 candidates for registration making a complete of 286 folks out of 600 who utilized for our citizenship as eligible to be totally processed by means of software of oaths and certification thereafter with renunciation of citizenship that isn’t acquired by delivery.” NAIJATABLOID