By Muhammad Umar Shehu
The federal government has announced the approval of 286 applications out of the 600 foreigners seeking the citizenship of the Nigerian state.
The Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this on Wednesday after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the number of those whose citizenship was approved by naturalisation stood at 208, while 78 applicants were approved by registration.
The Minister explained that the applicants include Europeans, Americans, North and South Australians among others.
He noted that they were thoroughly scrutinized by agencies such as the department of states services, foreign affairs, Nigeria’s immigration service and the state of domicile of the foreign individuals.