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Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 9:29am On May 14, 2015
The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) defines the three ways in which an individual can obtain Nigerian citizenship - namely by birth, registration, and naturalization. Specifically, Chapter 3 sections 25 though 28 lay out in some detail the various situations in which each form of citizenship is attained.

For the purposes of this piece, I'll main focus on the provisions that deal with citizenship by birth, and those which govern the qualifications for president, governors, National Assembly members, and House of Assembly members)

Section 25 (1) states: "The following persons are citizens of Nigeria by birth-namely-
(a) every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria; provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this section if neither of his parents nor any of his grandparents was born in Nigeria.

(b) every person born in Nigeria after the date of independence either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and

(c) every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria."

Thus, going by the aforementioned section, even a kid born outside Nigeria to at least one Nigerian parent, is a Nigerian citizen by birth.

With regard to citizenship eligibility to run for both legislative (National Assembly and state HOAs) and executive offices (President and governors), sections 28, 66 (1a), 131, and 177 (a) provide guidance.

Section 28 says: "Subject to the other provisions of this section, 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.

With regard to eligibility for election into the House of Representatives and/or the Senate, Section 66 (1a) states:
"No person shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if:
(a) subject to the provisions of section 28 of this Constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, has made a declaration of allegiance to such a country; "

With regards to presidential contenders, Section 131 says: "A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if -
(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth..."

Citizenship eligibility for the office of governor is contained in Section 177 (a) which states that: "A person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if
(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;"

Therefore, a Nigerian citizen by birth, who has become a naturalized citizen of another country or who holds dual citizenship by birth, fulfills the constitutional citizenship requirement to seek and hold elected office in Nigeria.

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by SHARIAREPORTERS: 9:31am On May 14, 2015
Typing........
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 9:36am On May 14, 2015
It's a bit long. Please bear with me
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 9:41am On May 14, 2015
So what's the point?

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 9:42am On May 14, 2015
Lalasticlala, this could be an informative thread cool
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by OYAY(m): 9:47am On May 14, 2015
Yes that conclusion is correct,I think that was part of ground on which Alao Akala challenge the victory of Ajimobi in 2011 and the tribunal ruled against him. If the citizenship of Nigeria is this what of the settlers/indigenes relationship?
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 9:54am On May 14, 2015
OYAY:
Yes that conclusion is correct,I think that was part of ground on which Alao Akala challenge the victory of Ajimobi in 2011 and the tribunal ruled against him. If the citizenship of Nigeria is this what of the settlers/indigenes relationship?
On the Ajimobi case, Ajimobi was merely a permanent resident a.k.a. Green-card holder in the United States. The Green card doesn't confer US citizenship; it only authorizes the holder to live and work in America.
So that was the basis on which Akala's petition was thrown out.

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 4:57pm On May 18, 2015
Na so..... I must make am this year...


I go enter politics by fire by force!!

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by kingstylo01(m): 4:57pm On May 18, 2015
Why did i book space
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
Make I start prepare for next election...



Never say never!!
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by generaluthman: 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
Nice move
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by MrKIZITO(m): 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
ok
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Nobody: 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
aa
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
Team Decritique for Senate Member 2019!! cheesy

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by johnnee: 4:58pm On May 18, 2015
Ok.


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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by braine(m): 4:59pm On May 18, 2015
Okay... But who would want a Nigerian citizenship?
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by SHOPPERS(m): 4:59pm On May 18, 2015
Thanks.
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by limolalikamaila: 5:00pm On May 18, 2015
Gj
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 5:00pm On May 18, 2015
generaluthman:
Nice move


Yes oooh

A very nice move
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 5:00pm On May 18, 2015
CFCfan:
Lalasticlala, this could be an informative thread cool


A very informative thread
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Thespecialone(m): 5:02pm On May 18, 2015
okere99:
591106057009

Mtn, glo mtel, airtel or Etisalat?

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Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 5:02pm On May 18, 2015
okere99:
591106057009


Na MTN card be this?
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by DeCritique(m): 5:04pm On May 18, 2015
Thespecialone:


Mtn, glo mtel, airtel or Etisalat?


Na 12 in number Na... So Na MTN for sure
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Aitee1: 5:04pm On May 18, 2015
okere99:
591106057009

undecided
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by isan(m): 5:05pm On May 18, 2015
Op u mean chukwudi can now contest for kano state governor? grin if I hear
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by baybeeboi: 5:06pm On May 18, 2015
so Uche can now go and contest in Kano?
If i hear
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by Ayjos10(m): 5:07pm On May 18, 2015
i must enter politics dis yr....na der my first billion go come out....gringrin
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by publicenemy(m): 5:11pm On May 18, 2015
So only Nigeria, United States and Canada can give citizenship by birth...





But nobody send Naija... grin grin grin
Re: Nigerian Citizenship Eligibility With Regard To Elected Offices by icon8: 5:11pm On May 18, 2015
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