Addressing the spate of statelessness in Nigeria

Published: 16/Mar/2017
Source: NAN / Breaking News Nigeria

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says a stateless person does not have a nationality of any country.

It notes further that while some people are born stateless — not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law — other stateless persons can be refugees.

According to them, those factors that can induce statelessness include unchecked continual denials of peoples’ fundamental rights, economic rights, political participation, social and education rights, among others.

Mr Auwal Musa, the Acting General-Secretary of West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), argued that the media and other stakeholders must form a coalition to ensure that causes of statelessness were checked in the country.

He said, for instance, more than two million people were displaced in the north eastern part of the country due to Boko Haram insurgency and non of the neighbouring state was willing to accommodate them.

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Themes: Apatridie
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2017