If Foreigners are Obliged to Register for NIN, Can it Still be National Identity? -Shehu

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Ex-Senator Shehu Sani has questioned the essence of the on-going National Identification Number if foreigners are obliged to get it.

Shehu Sani was the Senator that represented Kaduna Central in the eight session of the Senate.

When Nigerians least expected it, the Nigerian Government had ordered all telecommunication service providers to ask their various subscribers to provide National Identification Numbers (NIN) failure to which their SIM cards would be blocked.

Many had wondered if diplomats and foreigners dwelling in Nigeria were put into consideration not until the federal government cleared the air as it said provisions had been made for foreigners to be captured too.

The federal government had said getting the NIN was mandatory for foreigners who came into the country legally.

Shehu Sani further asked why money is still being allocated for National Census if all Nigerians must get NIN.


Many persons have criticised the federal government for coming up with the policy of NIN-SIM registration at a time when the Global community was battling a deadly Covid-19 infection and social distancing was a vital preventive measure.

Many agreed with the former senator saying his observation was logical and that it shows a lack of orderliness and a waste of resources on the part of government.




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