May 17, 2017

Iara Oshiomhole, 334 other foreigners get Nigerian citizenship

Iara Oshiomhole, 334 other foreigners get Nigerian citizenship

Adams Oshiomhole’s wife Iara looked stunning in red as she attended a Meeting & Greet with President Buhari in DC

By Omeiza Ajayi

A total of 335 foreign nationals were yesterday in Abuja granted citizenship by the Federal Government after statutory clearance and due diligence by the relevant security agencies.

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), who presented the certificates of citizenship to the foreigners, charged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), with Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole (left) and Dr. Zainab Bagudu (right) during the closing ceremony of the 16th Annual National Women Conference organized by COWLSO, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites on Wednesday.

Mrs Iara Oshiomhole, wife of former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole , who is from Cape Verde, is one of the recipients.
Dambazau, in his remarks, said 335 applicants were approved by the Federal Executive Council,FEC, in January, out of the over 500 foreigners that applied.

He explained that 245 of the foreigners approved were granted citizenship by naturalisation while 90 were by registration, mainly foreign women married to Nigerians.

“Let me say that application for the citizenship of Nigeria which can be by naturalisation or registration is provided for in Chapter 3, Sections 26 and 27 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the minister explained.

The minister said that the approval was part of government’s effort on the “Ease of doing business in Nigeria” and boosting Nigeria’s image in line with international best practice.

He tasked the “new Nigerian citizens” to be of good conduct, respect the rights and customs of their communities and contribute to the development of Nigeria.

Damabazau said the last time such ceremony was conducted was in December, 2013 and pledged to ensure its sustenance on an annual basis for proper scrutiny.

Dr Lamabert Shumbusho, from Rwanda, who responded on behalf of the recipients, thanked the Federal Government and pledged their loyalty and commitment to the development of Nigeria.

NAN reports other recipients include nationals from Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, China and some African countries, most of whom are business moguls who have been operating in Nigeria for years.

The Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) are charged with the responsibility of processing applications for Naturalisation from foreign nationals who have stayed/lived in Nigeria for a minimum of 15 years and those by Registration who are mainly married to Nigerians.