Nigerian Citizenship Law: A Current Perspective

Published: 3/Apr/1990
Source: Journal of African Law

K.C. Okoli, (1990). “Nigerian Citizenship Law: A Current Perspective”, Journal of African Law, Vol.34, pp.27-41.


Since 1979, there have been significant changes in the law relating to citizenship in Nigeria. These changes came with the enactment in that year of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1979. The citizenship provisions of the 1979 Constitution have been slightly modified and reenacted in the 1989 Constitution which will come into effect on October 1, 1992. In this article, we shall examine the current Nigerian law on citizenship as ordained by the 1979 Constitution as well as the changes introduced by the 1989 Constitution. This will be done against the background of the historical development of citizenship laws in the country prior to, and since independence on October 1, 1960.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Discrimination
Regions: West Africa, Nigeria
Year: 1990