The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,reacted to the controversy surrounding the alleged dual citizenship status of President-elect Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu’s alleged Guinean diplomatic passport was recently circulated on social media, causing some online users to criticize him for allegedly lying under oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Duringan interview with Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Fashola stated that the issue of dual citizenship should not be a cause for worry.
In his words;
“I know he carries Nigerian passport, I don’t know of dual citizenship, I know he resided in abroad when he went on exile, I don’t know if they gave him American citizen or not,”
The minister went further to asked what it has to do with the election results, he queried; “What does that has to do with the results of the election,… I think the last time I checked the Nigerian constitution allows one to have dual citizenship. Doesn’t it?”
On the question whether or not having dual citizenship goes against the constitution of Nigeria, Fashola, who served as Chief of Staff to Tinubu when the latter was Lagos governor, however, said he would find out.
In his words:
”I will check that, but I doubt the Nigerian constitution makes you disentitled if you have dual citizenship because the constitution allows you to have dual citizenship,”