DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC OFFICE IN NIGERIA: A REVIEW OF THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES by C.Y Maduka Esq

1.0. INTRODUCTION: A person has dual citizenship or nationality when he enjoys the citizenship of more than one country. For someone holding public office, this status has often raised both legal and ethical issues; not just in Nigeria but in other countries and some politicians (not in Nigeria) have lost their seats and offices as a result of it. An Election Tribunal in July, while conducting an electoral exorcism, once again raised the issue of disqualification on the ground of dual citizenship. 1This is not the first time this issue has caused some disquiet in the Nigerian polity. The Judiciary had an opportunity to briefly consider the dual nationality issue in the case of Ogbeide v. Osula. 2Similarly, this same issue went viral on social media in 2015 when it was revealed that Senate President Bukola Saraki enjoyed the citizenship of another country apart from Nigeria. 3Despite the seemingly clear provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, it appears that whenever this issue is raised, some feathers are ruffled while others are completely plucked off…

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