Nigeria: Brown Card: Only Constitution Amendment Can Review Citizenship Eligibility – CSO

Published: 2/Juin/2023
Source: Leadership (Abuja)

A civil society organisation (CSO), Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) has asserted that the eligibility conditions and process for granting permanent residency status or Nigerian citizenship to a foreigner can only be reviewed through a constitution amendment.

The group therefore urged the relevant institutions of state to reconsider this in the next effort at amendment to the constitution.

It said the measure will create easier pathways to citizenship for foreigners than currently obtained.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the SNM convener, Reverend Solomon Semaka, he said one of the reasons given by the immediate past minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for introducing the Brown Card was to shorten the 15-year waiting period for foreigners as eligibility criterion before being granted citizenship to five years as obtained in the United States of America.

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Themes: Naturalisation et le mariage
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2023