Source: Nigeria National Assembly / Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (Abuja)
Proposal to amend the constitution before the House of Representatives and Senate of the Nigeria National Assembly.
The proposal was approved by the Senate but defeated in the House of Representatives 1 March 2022.
36. Expansion of the Scope of Citizenship by Registration
A Bill for
An Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to expand the scope of citizenship by registration and; for related matters
|Section||Provision of the Constitution||Provision of the Bill|
|ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria –|
|Clause 1: Alteration of the Constitution
The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (in this Bill referred to as “the Principal Act”) is altered as set out in this Bill.
|26||Citizenship by registration
(2) The provisions of this section shall apply to- (a) any woman who is or has been married to a citizen of Nigeria; or
|Clause 2 : Alteration of Section 26
Section 26 (2) of the Principal Act is altered by substituting for the existing “(a)”, a new subparagraph “(a)” –
“(a) any non-Nigerian woman who is married to a Nigerian man or any non-Nigerian man who is married to a Nigerian woman.”
|Clause 3: Citation
This Bill may be cited as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fifth Alteration) Bill No. 36, 2022
This Bill seeks to alter the provisions of the Constitution to provide for citizenship by registration for foreign spouses of Nigerian women.
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General resources on the constitution from PLAC: https://placng.org/i/constitution-resources/