Non-Nigerian Men Married To Nigerian Women Can’t Become Nigerian Citizens?



Dr Ngozi Olejeme, a member of the National Conference and The Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), recently spoke about how the Nigerian Constitution affects women. This was in Asaba to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

She spoke about the need for the law to allow women to have the right to inherit their fathers’ properties whether they are married or not, she also criticized Section 26 (2) (a) of the 1999 Constitution which denies right of citizenship to foreign men married to Nigerian women.

Apparently, while foreign women married to Nigerian men are allowed to become Nigerian citizens, foreign men married to Nigerian women cannot become citizens except by naturalization which can take up to 15 years.

Read more about her speech here




    mary obong

    March 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I have never heard of this, but isn’t ist strange that we expect other countries to give our men citizenship when they marry foreigners but we cant do same?



      March 25, 2014 at 5:29 am

      The recent constitutional amendment by the National Assembly has now made it automatic citizenship for foreign men marrying Nigerian women.



    March 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

    my friend had this problem , she married an european. i dont know if her husband has been able to get Nigerian citizenship now, but for many years they couldn’t get it for him.



    March 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    If this has been amended in the constitution, how come this madam ngozi didn’t know and is still talking about it?

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