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FG Grants Iara Oshiomhole, 334 Foreigners Nigerian Citizenship



Iara Oshiomhole

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

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

Iara Oshiomhole, wife of former Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole‎, who is from Cape Verde, was one of the recipients.

Dambazau in his remarks said that the 335 applications 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.

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.


  1. Nationalsquirrel

    May 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    congrats our west african sister.
    i love cape verdeans , they love Nigeria

  2. hilda

    May 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    And some of us who were Nigerian citizens by birth wish we could denounce our citizenship

    • Agu

      May 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      And that’s make you stupid

    • californiabawlar

      May 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      This comment is ignorant… but I liked it. Why? Because at some basal ignorant level, I really would like to have had a shot at being something else…maybe Gambian? lol.

  3. Wayema

    May 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wu Nigerian citizenship epp?

    • Olu

      May 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      If only you knew.

      Some others see things we locals or native may not see and take for granted… and they capitalize on it. It happens everywhere ..even in the west.

  4. mr. x

    May 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Iara Oshiomhole woooowwww….just wow…emm what were we talking about again?..oops yeah citizenship and not how damn beautiful she is!!! my bad.

  5. jummai

    May 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    The only good thing about it is that she doesn’t need to come into Nigeria with a Visa, she can easily come in with her Nigerian passport.

    • huh?

      May 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks, Captain obvious!

    • CovertNigerian

      May 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Cape Verde in an ECOWAS member. If she has a passport from that country, she didn’t need a visa to enter Nigeria so she must have other reasons for getting Nigerian citizenship.

      Does anyone know how long you have to be married to a Nigerian to qualify for citizenship? The wait for Iara seems rather short. And there a permanent residency stage in between marriage and the granting of citizenship?

  6. Beautiful Stunner

    May 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    …Looking like Lara Croft meets Amal Clooney!!! Beautiful just beautiful!!!

  7. Beautiful Stunner

    May 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    …Looking like Lara Croft meets Amal Clooney!!! Beautiful just Beautiful!!!

  8. NotConsistent

    May 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    And my mom who has been living in Nigeria for more than 30 years has still not been granted Nigerian citizenship after applying. Hiss!!

  9. maria

    May 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Did they also take away the Matharoo sisters Nigerian passports that they were always flaunting on IG?

    • Jay

      May 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      They are just scammers. They never owned Nigerian passports. I wonder where they found the passports you mentioned they were flaunting on Instagram. Those girls, smh.

  10. Thatruthspeaker

    May 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    @covertnigerian. Full inheritance with no qualms or disqualifications. Plus entitlements to any settlement in Nigeria in case of divorce or irreconciliable differences

    Besides, i am shocked that foreigners actually went the legal route. Da passport is only 35-40k at alagbo and u dont even need to speak any nigerian language. Just act naija n pay ur fee

  11. lifeisbeautiful

    May 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Why is this news? This really shouldn’t our business.

    • VivaMaria

      May 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      so that when she contests for office someday, you wont say she is not a Nigerian

  12. pete

    May 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm


  13. pete

    May 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm


  14. Ijs

    May 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    @californiabawlar, its easy to find not wanting to be Nigerian, ignorant when you are in the US

    • californiabawlar

      May 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Duuude, your punctuation (and lack of it) kept throwing me off. On top of that when I finally made sense of your comment, I realized you didn’t quite get mine.
      Not wanting to be Nigerian is definitely worlds apart from not wanting to BE IN Nigeria na. And I actually agreed with @Hilda so I don’t know what you’re being salty about o. Oya pele, nor vess.

  15. RealNigerian

    May 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    For those trying to trivialize this news, please realize that this is a big deal because:
    – Nigerian citizenship is actually very difficult to obtain.
    – Nigerian visa process is a huge hassle for missionaries and expatriates alike
    – Nigeria, as horrible as it may seem is the only country that requires visa from US citizens

    So for those silly Nigerians that go abroad and pray and fast for amnesty, and see their host country as racist for not handing out citizenship cards like candy…. Know that Nigerian citizenship is not the easiest to get either.

    • Yup

      May 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      You are right, a British lady once said the same thing to me, that it is difficult to get Nigerian visa and I was shocked. I was also pleased in a funny way. Congratulations Lara Oshiomhole.

    • Olu

      May 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Nigeria is not the only country that requires visas for entry by U.S citizens.

      U.S citizens need visa to visit Brazil, China, etc …although is it an easy process.

    • FYI

      May 17, 2017 at 2:53 am

      @Yup, her name isn’t Lara it is Iara pronounced ee-yah-rah … Thought the same until she confirmed it in an interview

    • Eni

      May 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Cameroon also does!

    • Taijieh Moses

      May 18, 2017 at 4:52 am

      The issue of reciprocity applies here. The US makes it mandatory for Nigerians to get a visa to enter their country, so why shouldn’t we insist on their own citizens getting a visa when they want to visit Nigeria?

  16. C

    May 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    People actually trying to become Nigerian citizens lol XD

  17. C

    May 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    But I thought Lara was Ethiopian I’m so confused anyways I have my own immigration battles to fight.

    • Jay

      May 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      She’s from Cape Verde; you thought wrong.

  18. HR Analyst

    May 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    As someone who is in HR and constantly handles Expatriate administration.
    Nigerian Visa process for non-nationals is as difficult as that for nationals, you might apply for a Nigerian working visa and your passport is lost in the process. it is extremely stressful.
    Dont know how they still remain in the country despite all the whole hassle – guess its the money!

  19. Amaa

    May 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Hers was obviously fast tracked . I bet they used one of thoes archaic laws that the fraudsters in NA have refused to amend to cover their tracks. Nigerian citizenship is difficult to obtain. I rember Niger wives fought and lost the right to citizenship by being married to a Nigerian. It should be automatic after some years. But in Nigeria they are given permanent residency and have to wait a very long time to get citizenship. You can imagine when the last ceremony was helps 2013.

  20. Anon

    May 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats Iara! Sadly you can’t become a Nigerian citizen by marrying a Nigerian woman. Only by marrying a Nigerian man. Everyday sexism

  21. john

    May 16, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    wow ..she is beautiful..oshoomole dey enjoy every man dream

  22. mam

    May 17, 2017 at 12:07 am

    @californiabawlar you are welcomed dear.

  23. Hmmmm

    May 17, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Lol this is so funny I literally got a passport the same day I went to embassy upon my first trip ever coming to Nigeria . If your parent(s) are Nigérian do they automatically give you ?

  24. Titi O

    May 17, 2017 at 2:59 am

    This right here is BS! I know of a Congolese lady in this Canada who married a Nigerian (Edo) guy. She had a baby in Canada, went to Nigeria to visit her husband family(the man didn’t even go with her), she received a Nigerian passport the 2nd day she arrived in Nigeria. Please where is the security clearance in that? It’s all about money and “the people you know” in Nigeria.

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