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The 1999 Constitution and the Issues of Indigeneship and Citizenship in Nigeria

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Nigeria after over 50 years of nationhood is still bedevilled with issues bordering on citizenship and indigene ship. The seriousness of this matter is highlighted by reactions from sections of the people that trail the composition of each set of federal executives. Often we have complaints from people that some persons nominated for federal appointments are not indigenes of the states their names appeared against. Some crises like the lingering Jos crisis are also traceable to indigene- settler issues. The paper adopts a content analysis of the 1999 constitutional provisions and its practice to examine the phenomena of citizenship, indigene ship and federal character. It is evident that the constitutional stress on indigene ship and federal character are the drivers of the agitations and some of the crisis in the land. It is hence suggested that the 1999 Nigerian constitution be amended to recognize citizenship and residency as basis for political appointments.
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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

http://www.unn.edu.ng/academics/institute/institute-of-african-studies-2/

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