- A Nigerian based in Germany wrote a letter addressed to the Nigerian Consulate-General in Frankfurt asked to dump his Nigerian citizenship
- The disaffected citizen followed up his request by handing over his Nigerian passport
- The Consular-General in its response stated that it has no power to grant the request
A Nigerian based in Germany in a letter dated March 13 and addressed to the Nigerian Consulate-General in Frankfurt asked to dump his Nigerian citizenship.
NAIJ.com gathered that the disaffected citizen made the request and followed it up by handing over his Nigerian passport as a prelude to severance of ties with Nigeria.
The Consular-General however responded that it has no power to grant the request.
In a letter dated March 14 (Ref. NCF/CON 046/1) and signed by Joe E. Waribagha, Consular Officer, on behalf of the Consul-General, the Nigerian Consulate referred the applicant to Chapter 111 Article 29, Sub-section 1-2.
"The above-mentioned Chapter of the Constitution clearly states that all prospective applicants, who desire to renounce their Nigerian citizenship, that the power to approve renunciation of Nigerian citizenship or restoration of same is the sole prerogative of Mr. President, as enshrined in the Constitution.
"In view of the above, the Nigerian Consulate wish (sic) to inform you that it does not have the power to approve the request to renounce your Nigerian citizenship. You are, therefore, advised to follow due process as stated by the Constitution. Consequently, the Consulate is returning your Nigerian passport to you," the letter stated.
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