How can one become a citizen of Nigeria?

Civic Engagement

The Civic Engagement platform is brought to you by The Isọdọkan Foundation. It is the responsibility of every citizen of a country to know their civic rights and what to expect from the government in return.
The Civic Engagement provides individuals with engaging information and facts on the civic responsibilities, virtues, citizenship and expectations of the Nigerian.
You will learn relevant details to equipped anyone interested in Nigeria with constitutionally-based knowledge.

Civic Engagement

It is the responsibility of every citizen of a country to know their civic rights and what to expect from the government in return.

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Questions & Answers

Citizenship is based upon the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 1989. Those born before or on the date of independence, October 1, 1960, whose parents or grandparents were born in Nigeria and who were legally residing in Nigeria at the time, are considered citizens of Nigeria.

You can become a citizen of Nigeria either by birth, registration or by naturalization.

The Constitution of Nigeria contains a very clear list of duties for the citizens of its country. Here is the direct text taken from the Nigerian constitution:
“It shall be the duty of every citizen to:
• abide by this Constitution, respect its ideals and its institutions, the National Flag, the National Anthem, the National Pledge, and legitimate authorities;
• help to enhance the power, prestige and good name of Nigeria, defend Nigeria and render such national service as may be required;
• respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood;
• make a positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress, and well-being of the community where he resides;
• render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order;
• declare his income honestly to appropriate and lawful agencies and pay his tax promptly.

At the polling unit, join the queue. An INEC official will check if you are at the correct polling unit and confirm that the PVC presented belongs to you.

Step 2:
An INEC official will confirm if your PVC is genuine using the card reader. You will be asked to place your finger on the card reader.

Step 3:
An INEC official will ask for your PVC and confirm you are listed in the Voters Register. Your name will be ticked and your finger will be inked to confirm you have voted. If your name is not found you cannot vote.

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