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Title:The problems of citizenship in Nigeria
Author:Osaghae, Eghosa E.ISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:45
Issue:4
Pages:593-611
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:federalism
nationality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40760561
Abstract:This paper examines the problems of citizenship in Nigeria, especially as they have been produced by Nigeria's federal practice. These problems derive from the contradictions between national citizenship and State citizenship. The analysis reveals the origins and character of the problems, and suggests ways in which they can be overcome. It advocates the adoption of a law of residency rights under which a Nigerian who has resided in a particular State for a period of time, for instance five years, acquires the same rights as the indigenous population of that State. Alternatively, it should be possible for non-indigenous persons to 'naturalize' in their community of residence. In the final analysis, however, citizenship will remain problematic as long as the rates of development among the Nigerian States are uneven. The government should spare no effort to ensure the adequate development of the less-developed States. Notes, ref., sum. in French and Italian.
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