A total of 335 foreign nationals yesterday were granted citizenship by the Nigerian Government after statutory clearance and due diligence by the relevant security agencies.
Mrs Iara Oshiomhole, wife of former Governor of Edo, Adams Oshiomole, who hails from Cape Verde was one of the recipients.
Minister of interior Abdulrahman Dambazau who presented the certificates of citizenship to the foreigners charged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.
Dambazau in his remarks said that 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.
The last time a similar ceremony was conducted was in December, 2013. It’s the duty of the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to process 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.