The Federal Government, on Wednesday, granted Nigerian citizenship to 335 foreigners, who had earlier applied.
Of the number, 245 persons were granted citizenship by naturalisation while 90 were granted citizenship by registration.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Dambazzau said his ministry and the inter-ministerial committee, set up for that purpose, considered 500 applications because the last time the exercise was carried out was in 2013.
He explained that the committee comprising representatives of the Department of State Services, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered the applications based on the requirements that were stated in Sections 26 and 27 of the nation’s constitution.
“Those who met the requirement, the advisory council recommended them and sent their names to the council for approval. So, today, FEC approved the recommendations of those who applied, 335 of them; 245 by naturalisation and 90 by registration,” he said.
Explaining the rationale behind the non-approval of the remaining applications, the minister said preliminary investigations were carried out on each applicant in the states they resided.
“But apart from that, we followed the rules and regulations, those constitutional requirements must be met,” he said.