2023 Census: 2 Important Questions Nigerians Would Not Answer Revealed
- The NPC has said Nigerians would not answer questions on religion and ethnicity during the forthcoming 2023 census
- Isiaka Yahaya, the director of public affairs of the NPC, disclosed that the commission reached the decision to exclude the questions from the questionnaires
- Yahaya said this was due to the sensitive nature of religion and ethnicity in the Nigerian polity
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FCT, Abuja - The national population commission (NPC) has disclosed that Nigerians would not answer questions on religious affiliation during the 2023 census programme.
The commission said this ahead of the commencement of the 2023 census in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, March 29, Channels Television reported.
The statement, which was signed by Isiaka Yahaya, the director of public affairs of the commission, disclosed the decision to exclude religion and ethnicity from the questionnaires.
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According to the statement, the 2 questions were removed because of the consideration for the sensitive nature of the 2 issues within the Nigerian polity.
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He stated that the NPC would be compelled to avoid questions around religion because of the needless controversies.
The statement reads in part:
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission wishes to state unequivocally that the 2023 Population and Housing Census will not canvass questions on religion and religious affiliations of respondents.”
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The statement is coming as a reaction to a WhatsApp viral video that claimed that the religious affiliation of individuals would be canvassed.
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