By Tordue Salem
ABUJA â€” A Bill seeking to ban the expulsion of any Nigerian from any state, on the excuse that they are settlers on that land awaits second reading in the House of Representatives.
The Bill sponsored by Rep. Samaila Muhammed (ANPP/Jos North/Bassa/Plateau State) seeks to compel state governments to consider persons or communities resident in their states for a reasonable period of time bonafide indigenes of those states.
The Bill for an Act to provide the right of Nigerians to be indigenes of any local government area or area council in Nigeria would ensure that persons, whose forebears or ancestors moved to any local government on or before 1 October 1960 are indigenes of that local government.
The Bill if passed into law would restrict the issuance of indigene certificates to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and bar states and local governments from issuing same.
The Bill reads in part: â€œA person is an indigene of a Local Government Area or Area Council in Nigeria, ifâ€” (a) he or she or any ofâ€™ his parents belong to a tribe indigenous to the Local Government Area or Area Council in which they reside; or â€œ(b) he or she or any of his parents (how high soever) is a migrant from another Local Government Area or Area Council and has resided in the new Local Government or Area Council on or beforeÂ October 1960 and continues to reside there; or (c) he or she or any of his parents is among the first to reside in the Local Government Area or Area Council and he resides in it”.