Report on Citizenship Law: Nigeria

Published: 28/Jul/2020
Source: European University Institute

By Bronwen Manby & Solomon Momoh

Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world that creates an explicitly ethnic basis for its citizenship law. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which provides the framework for acquisition and loss of citizenship, relies heavily on the idea of membership of a ‘community indigenous to Nigeria’ as the primary determinant of entitlement to citizenship. There is no definition of this term in the constitution, and the rules on acquisition and loss of citizenship are provided only in the constitution, without any detail established by legislation or regulation.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2020