- A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, has wondered why after years of announcements, many Nigerians failed to enrol for the NIN
- Ahmad made the comment following the directive issued by the NCC asking telecom companies to block SIM cards not linked to the identification number
- Nigerians have, however, reacted to the presidential aide's statement, highlighting numerous reasons for non-enrolment
Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistant on new media, has berated Nigerians for not registering for the National Identification Number (NIN) earlier.
Recall that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had directed telecommunication operators to block SIM cards not linked to the NIN by Wednesday, December 30; a two-week deadline
The House of Representatives has, however, asked the NCC to refrain from blocking SIM cards not linked to the NIN until after 10 weeks.
However, the presidential aide in a tweet posted on Monday, December 21, said the federal government had been urging Nigerians to enrol for the NIN for several years.
Ahmad wondered why "Nigerians love last minute thing", saying many did not heed the government's call.
"For several years, the government has been urging Nigerians to enroll in the NIMC because of its important, especially the National Identification Number (NIN), I enrolled in 2012, but unfortunately not many heeded the call. Just don’t know why, Nigerians love last minute thing."
Nigerians reply Ahmad
Some Nigerians on Twitter have also replied the presidential aide statement regarding the NIN enrolment.
Is'haq Magaji, @IshaqMagaji5, said:
"Alhaji Bashir. @BashirAhmaad I did mine in 2013 but yet to recieve my plastic I.D. But when the NIMC team visited the Villa Baba got his own 24hrs later. That is why Nigerians are discouraged."
Nas, @Nasticnas, commented:
"I enrolled in 2016, I have not been issued the card till this very moment. They said it's not ready. You can also blame the Government"
REMCHIDA, @remchida7, said:
"Please are you also aware that for many years that people have been registered they have still not being given the CARDs , so does that mean the government is also very incompetent. So while addressing Nigerians, address the government too."
TBQ, @TeaZzerbebs, commented:
"So this is to justify making people to crowd at the offices that have no capacity and share covid-19 all over?"
Also, @ElafikwuSunday, said:
"I enroll before you and up till now is only paper I had as ID. The process to enroll is difficult especially in villages. Like my local govt Agatu. You have to travel from your village to L.G.A HQ to be register and you don't have assurance of registering that same day."
"I even paid alongside others hundred naira then, to fuel @nimc_ng generator set to be register in Kugbo mechanic FCT. Imagine what will my village people have to pay to be register, as my village don't have electricity"
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng has explained how Nigerians can link their phone numbers with the NIN in simple steps.
The explainer provides the guidelines on how to connect the NIN on the various mobile networks available in the country.
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