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Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by nairavsdollars(f): 7:39am On Jan 16, 2021
COVID-19: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration

LAGOS – The ongoing National Identifi­cation Number (NIN) enrol­ment exercise in the midst of the deadly second wave of COVID-19 has caused a sharp divi­sion among President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, Daily Indepen­dent has gathered.

A presidency source said the is­sue has thrown the ministers into opposing camps as majority of them want the exercise suspended while the other camp, led by Dr. Isa Ali Pan­tami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, wants the ex­ercise to continue.

Since the commencement of the exercise, there have been concerns as crowds thronged the offices of the Na­tional Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and registration centres after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed telecommunication compa­nies to block SIM cards not registered with NIN.

The rush by applicants is intended to beat the February 9 deadline for registration, verification, and subsequent linking of NIN to Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) cards. Crowds defied COVID-19 safety protocols such as so­cial distancing and wearing of facemasks which, many fear, may trigger the spread of the virus.

On Monday, Olorunnim­be Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, said the Federal Government may suspend the exercise to avoid the spread of COVID-19 as a result of large crowds. He said the NIMC needs to reorder the whole process so as to ensure that crowds are well-managed and the people protected.

“I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitudes. It’s like a super spreader event which we don’t like, but I’m also aware that the rel­evant ministry, which is the communications and digital economy, is looking at this,” Mamora said.

Speaking with our cor­respondent on Thursday, our source said the develop­ment and the rising cases of COVID-19 had caused a sharp division among the presi­dent’s cabinet.

“Right now, we have two camps in the cabinet. There is a camp which believes that the registration exercise is not a life and death matter and should be suspended to a reasonable period when COVID-19 would have gone or drastically reduced. This camp is in the majority.

“However, there is another camp which believes that the exercise should go ahead as the registration is crucial to curtailing the rising wave of insecurity in the country. This camp, led by the Minister of Communications, believes that the exercise can continue if people are order­ly. I believe the president will review the situation and take appropriate decisions soon,” the source said.

When contacted, an official in the Ministry of Communi­cations said the exercise could go ahead if the NIMC staff were proficient, noting that the enrollees take responsibil­ity for their health and safe­ty and security agents help maintain orderliness.

According to her, if the In­dependent National Elector­al Commission (INEC) can conduct governorship elec­tions in Edo and Ondo in the midst of the pandemic with­out hitches, then the NIMC should be able to do likewise.

Speaking on the develop­ment, Monday Ubani, a for­mer Second Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said anyone saying the exercise should continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was unreasonable.
He said: “It doesn’t require any person to know that if any person wants this exer­cise to continue, in the light of the deadlier era we are now with COVID-19, it means the person is not reasonable.

“They are saying the ex­ercise is for security, is it not about the security and safety of the lives of Nigerians?

“You are at the same time risking their lives by asking them to congregate and clus­ter in an environment where they will be exposed to the deadlier COVID-19 that is rav­aging the entire world.

“Does it require anyone to know that that is unreason­able? How will any person even support such a thing?

“How will President Bu­hari support the idea that peo­ple should congregate and be made to be infected with the disease? Yet, every day, the govern­ment is reeling out guidelines, asking us to observe safety protocols. You have set up a Pres­idential Task Force that is looking into the matter of COVID-19 and they have given us briefings on what to do to observe protocols, at the same time, you are asking people to congregate and be exposed to the virus?

“The person asking Nige­rians to go ahead with the ex­ercise has an ulterior motive that is sinister. He is the only one that knows the reason why he is doing this.”

On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, said the development had clear­ly revealed division, lack of coordination, and internal crisis in the Buhari admin­istration.

While declaring support for the registration, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, however, said it shouldn’t be done in an atmo­sphere that may endanger the lives of Nigerians.

“To us in the PDP, it is just another reflection of the di­vision, lack of coordination, and internal crisis in the gov­ernment of President Mu­hammadu Buhari. That is why Nigerians have lost hope and have given up on this government. They have made things far worse for the populace.

“How can we have such disagreement in the govern­ment? The other time, Panta­mi said on television that the law on NIMC and the Nation­al Identity Card was passed 13 years ago and everybody must be registered within six months.

“The question he should have been asked is, when did he (Pantami) register? We in the PDP support the fact that people must be regis­tered to curtail the influx of foreigners into the country but it must not be done puni­tively or targeted to punish Nigerians or put their lives at risk of this pandemic,” he said.

Matthew Ogunba, a lawyer and rights activist, said the exercise was to distract Nige­rians from the failures of the Buhari administration.

He also said: “It is disheart­ening that ministers that should put heads together to solve Nigeria’s problems are working at cross purposes.

“The exercise should be suspended. No two ways about it. If you remember, the minister ordered the exercise during the period the Nation­al Assembly asked President Buhari to appear before them. It is just a ploy to distract Nigerians from the failures of the government. Nothing more,” he said.

However, Prof. Tunde Ad­eniran, a former Minister of Education, said the registra­tion should continue but the government must find a solu­tion to the surging crowds at the venues through the use of technology.

“My position on the issue is that it must continue be­cause Nigerians have a way of trying to run away from challenges. When challenges occur, we are supposed to face them. This is the age of technology. We should be able to devise ways, in spite of the pan­demic, to handle such simple issues as this one on registra­tion. The people who are in charge should be resourceful and think through to find a solution to this challenge.

“That is the essence of their going to school. They should use their brains to find solutions to problems, not that they will see a problem, they run away and the problem remains. Nobody knows when COVID-19 will go. We are pray­ing that, by the grace of God, it should go in the next one or two months.

“At the same time, there is no certainty about that. So, we will have to live our lives. We should not shut down our lives simply because we have this challenge. We should find solutions and I believe that Nigerians are creative enough to find solutions to any problem once they are determined to do so,” Adeniran said.

https://www.independent.ng/covid-19-buharis-ministers-divided-over-nin-registration/

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by bolaayenimo: 8:34am On Jan 16, 2021
i agree with the lawyer. whoever ordered that registration now during covid 19 has hidden agenda

Are northerners also trooping to NIMC office to register

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Mayng01(m): 8:48am On Jan 16, 2021
Useless pantapantami

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by agwom(m): 9:00am On Jan 16, 2021
chai

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by inoki247: 9:05am On Jan 16, 2021
Confused Government....

This Pata Ni or Pata Nla own sef too much...

he go school e no get sense..

what will it cost them to make a directive that if you've an existing recognized ID like international passport, Driver's license or Voter's Card make dem have portal and tell the owner of the ID to submit the ID and also do a Selfie to verify is the owner of the ID and you tell him to check back in next 7 working days or so for you to get is Data from the ministry wey dey in charge of the ID he submitted from there you generate him an NiN number...

Na aw to du something like illiterate dem sabi....

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by GIANTPLUSHUB: 9:07am On Jan 16, 2021
Confused government

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by NORSIYK(m): 9:07am On Jan 16, 2021
I thought they said this patami of a fellow is a scholar?
Why's he this foolish and unreasonable at the same time?
He should have known the implications of this NiN registrations on the populace because of the large gathering in this second wave of Coronavirus

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by chimhigher(m): 9:08am On Jan 16, 2021
A whole country cannot even issue a common plastic ID card, one will want to register something online that requires you to upload National ID card and you will be stuck cos you from a shit hole country that steals billions of Naira everyday but the most basic thing a country should do is left undone. When i get to heaven i will starve for days so God my father will know how pained i am that i was brought to this foolish country and he must promise me Europe in my next life before i will agree to eat again.

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by NaijaOlosho(f): 9:08am On Jan 16, 2021
grin

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Felajack: 9:08am On Jan 16, 2021
Lol
Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Nobody: 9:09am On Jan 16, 2021
Nonsense! I hate hypocrisy! You want it to stop because of what? Covid-19? Something serious like NIN should be suspended because of Covid-19 we don't know when it'll disappear? What happened to Covid-19 safety measures? Why not enforce them?

Most Nigerians don't believe in the existence of the virus - they are "atheists"! .. They don't adhere to the safety measures as prescribed. Why NOT impose another LOCKDOWN? People attend weddings, churches; go to the markets and see how crowded they are - no social distancing! Go to garages, they're crowded! Yet it's something like NIN registration that's the issue, eh? NONSENSE!

THE NIN REGISTRATION MUST CONTINUE! If you want to stop it because of Covid-19, then IMPOSE ANOTHER LOCKDOWN: shut down markets, churches, schools, banks, and large gatherings!

May God heal Nigeria.

nedzuby:


I totally agree with you.

Our problem is indiscipline. If really people believe that Covid-19 is in Nigeria they won’t need anybody to tell them to observe the COVID-19 protocol. And if anybody is infected the people should himself to be blamed.

I strongly support the government to continue. Many people talk out of ignorance because they don’t know the implications of what the government is doing all they do is to criticize and talk nonsense. The people don’t even know all this is for the benefit of the citizens.

God bless you for this, my beloved brother. You're indeed a wise man.

God bless you.

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by sirblend: 9:09am On Jan 16, 2021
Confused APC government.
Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Hpeyet: 9:09am On Jan 16, 2021
Awon useless fellows. Very confused set of ppl

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by sevo(m): 9:09am On Jan 16, 2021
A clear case of these people not thinking a policy through before implementation... You are fighting covid, yet you ask Nigerians to throng to nimc office to register their Sims... For what!!

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by anonymous1759(m): 9:09am On Jan 16, 2021
angry

How can a reasonable person a minister for that matter compare an Election conducted in a single day to NIN that's stretched for weeks ?
I don't know whether accepting a political office makes our politicians Brains stop functioning.

While not use BVN as the General ID like SSN
Simple ABC this people don't know. Maybe it's just another way to steal undecided

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Nobody: 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
The only NIN I have is the one automatically generated through bvn , but I am not thinking of registering any time soon.

The year will be 2100 and we will still be talking of this registration, why the hurry?

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Enudapan: 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
Nah eh! No qualms
The where already divided laa
Even b4 now
Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by SimplePlan34: 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
They should give a period of at least six months

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by SpecialAdviser(m): 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
The basic problem of government in Nigeria is improper planning and inadequate sensitization before embarking on any program.

Carry out proper analysis, challenges and every other activities before starting anything. Programs should pass through at least 10 tables before approval.

Incompetence has killed Buhari and Nigerian leaders.

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Houseofglam7(f): 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
As usual; confused dingbats undecided
Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by donprinyo(m): 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
backward people
Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Brunosamel(m): 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
What a government, those in support has hidden agenda... Useless bubu government no wonder pigeon refused to fly yesterday army rememberance day

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Judolisco(m): 9:10am On Jan 16, 2021
Dis thing should be like a 2 year plan.... But in Nigeria a minister will jst wake up sip a cup of coffee and start spewing thrash.... I don't blame them our president is not aware

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by DrBrainstorm(m): 9:11am On Jan 16, 2021
The Aboki led Federal Government is a comic relief grin

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by Olushola1144(m): 9:11am On Jan 16, 2021
For the registration to be done here, you must pay 1k and still queue for like 1week before it get to ur turn

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by nkiliuzo(m): 9:12am On Jan 16, 2021
This country is a joke, I don't take anything seriously in this country cos I know everything they bring out as Kane leg

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Re: Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration by vibbb: 9:12am On Jan 16, 2021
A reasonable set of govt will hold on for now, instead of exposing their citizens.

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