We challenge this clause for several reasons. First, it is an example of the overuse of the Constitution. This is a matter that can be handled by a legislative assembly. The issue of dual citizenship is a dynamic one that requires to be reviewed from time to time by a country's legislators. This clause would forbid any reviews for the sake of reciprocal relationships with other nations' immigration policies.
Second, it is only six years ago that the Federal Military Government enacted a decree permitting dual citizenship. Should governments be changing their minds on matters of such international import as dual citizenship so rapidly? It does not reflect well on Nigeria's integrity to appear to be so fickle about such weighty matters.
Third, Nigeria will lose millions of its citizens and their children who currently enjoy dual citizenship as a result of a policy only recently enacted by the Federal Military Government. The economic impact of such a change in policy may also be considerable.
The Association of Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue strongly urges
the CDCC to recommend that this clause should be expunged from the
Constitution. Many Nigerians in North America are concerned about this
matter. We offer you the thoughts of Dr. Nowa Omoigui, one of our
who has given this issue close considerations, on the next page.
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