Square Pegs and Round Holes


November 15, 2015

The Constitution on Nigerian Citizenship

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A Citizen as defined by the Oxford Dictionary is a person who has full rights in a country. A citizen could also be a person who is recognized by a country as being her citizen because such person possesses some characteristics (e.g. to be born in that country) which entitles him or her to some rights in that country. Under the Nigerian 1999 constitution, one may be a citizen either by birth, registration or by naturalization (see Section 25 – 32 of 1999 Constitution).


Citizenship by birth.

A citizen by birth in Nigeria is a person who was born in Nigeria before or after independence and whose parents or grandparents belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria or any person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.


Citizenship by Registration.

The President may register any person as a citizen of Nigeria if he is satisfied that such person is of good character; he has shown a clear intention to be domiciled in Nigeria and has taken the Oath of Allegiance. Such persons are usually women who are married to Nigerians or people born outside Nigeria who are of full age capacity and either of whose grandparents are Nigerians.


Citizenship by Naturalization.

Any person may also apply to the President of Nigeria to be granted a certificate of naturalization. However such person must satisfy the following conditions:

–  He must be a person of full age and capacity;

– He is a person of good character;

– He has shown a clear intention to be domiciled in Nigeria;

– He is in the opinion of the Governor where he plans to reside to be acceptable to the local community as has assimilated the way of life of Nigerians;

– He has made or is capable of making contributions to the advancement; progress and well – being of Nigeria;

– He has taken the Oath of Allegiance;

– He has resided in Nigeria for a period of fifteen (15) year;

– He has resided in Nigeria for a period of 12 months and preceding that, has stayed in Nigeria for periods amounting in aggregate to not less than fifteen years.


Persons who are citizens by registration or by naturalization may forfeit their Nigerian citizenship if he retains or acquires the citizenship of another country where he is not a citizen by birth and any person who is of full age capacity may renounce his Nigerian citizenship by declaration and the President shall cause the declaration to be registered. Such declaration will however not be accepted if made during any war in which Nigeria is physically involved or is contrary to public policy in the opinion of the President.


Any citizen of Nigeria by registration or naturalization may be deprived of his citizenship if within 7 years after becoming a citizen such person is sentenced to imprisonment of not less than 3 years or if he has conducted himself in ways that shows disloyalty towards the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


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Common Warri Proverbs…

“Crase no hard to form, na the trekking be wahala.
” English translation: “Easier said than done.

“No matter how hot your temper be, e no fit boil beans.
” English Translation: Calm down, your temper won’t solve the problem.

“Chicken wey run from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup.
” English Translation: You can’t run away from your destiny.

“Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap.
” English translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever.

“Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef.
” English Translation: Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush!

“Akara and moin moin get the same parent,na wetin dem pass through make dem different.
” English Translation: How you start doesn’t matter, what matters is how you finish.

“Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus.
” English Translation: Give everyone what they deserve.

“The difference between puff-puff and doughnut na packaging.” 
English Translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone.

“Escort me, Escort me, na im slave trade take start.
” English translation: Serious things sometimes start like a joke.

“Water wey dem take make eba no fit return”.
” English translation: Don’t cry over spilled milk.

“No be today yansh dey back”
English: The more things change the more they stay the same
“Na clap dem take dey enter dance”
English: Once you start its out of your control

“At all at all na winsh”
English: Half bread is better than none

“I get am before no be property” 
English: Don’t rest on your laurels

“Who no go no know”
English: Experience is the best teacher

“NO be the way dem take dey drink water dem dey drink peppersoup”
English: Adapt your plans to new situations

“I no fit climb – na ground dem for dey talk am”
English: Do not start what you cant finish

“Who dey cry dey see road”
English: Use common sense even in sorrow

“I no gree, I no gree na im dey tear trouser
English: Avoid conflict from the beginning…know when to let go

“Na cooperation make rice dey ful pot”
English: You can achieve more with team work

“Feel at home naim dey spoil TV”
English: Don’t be too comfortable to the extent of fiddling with other people’s property

“Bring suya, bring suya, na nama (cow) body dey suffer am”
English: every action has a consequence

“Pickin wey take agbada start guy go talk wetin go wear when e don old”
English: Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t hurry through life’s stages.

“Cassava today naim dey be garri tomorrow”
English: No condition is permanent

“if your neigbour bear bear catch fire, you go quick soak your own for water”
English: Prevention is better than cure

“Small pikin wey talk say e go shake iroko tree,na im head e go shake”
English: Know your limits

“Person wey borrow cloth go party no dey dance too much”
English: Use other people’s things carefully

“Who get big teeth must get big lip”
English: Be ready to solve the problems you create

“Its a small world – Oya make your papa come trek am na”
English: Easier said than done

“Na house wey collapse na im make goat climb am”…
English: People who ordinarily should not be up to you will take advantage of your downfall.


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