See Why Pantami Is Creating NIN Composery Even Before Eating at Any Restaurant
Nigerians Should Present National Identity Numbers Even Before Using Restaurants – Pantami, Buhari’s Minister, Speaks On Insecurity NewsReport gathered.
Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, who has recently been linked to terrorist activities, has stated that in order to secure Nigeria in the coming years, Nigerians should present and verify their National Identity Number even before using a restaurant.
The minister, who claimed he had since changed his mind about his stance on terrorism, went on to say that the NIN policy was required by law in Nigeria and that it served to secure the country.
He said, “Without profiling, no country will be secured globally. Criminals don’t like it, and they have been fighting it day in, day out.”
The minister stated this while speaking at a convocation lecture of the Federal College of Education Technical Gombe.
He added, “When I came up with the policy, they wrote more than 44 petitions against us just to stop it, some of them to Mr. President; some of them even court cases.
On that policy alone, some people suspected to be criminals took the federal government to at least seven courts all over the country. But today it has become part of our lives, you cannot go and obtain a SIM card without NIN and we are glad that the Joint (Admissions and) Matriculation Board has accepted it. The Nigerian Immigration Service has also accepted it.
“I do hope that in order to secure our country in the next few years, even if you want to enter a restaurant you must verify your NIN. Most of us when we travel abroad, obtain our NIN before going anywhere or doing anything but when we come back to Nigeria, we don’t have it.
“You cannot go and work in the USA without the Social Security Number, you cannot work in the UK without the National Insurance Number, you cannot work in Saudi Arabia without their Saned Number; you cannot go to India and work without Aadhaar Number.
“In all these countries, this identification is mandatory by law and it is mandatory by law in Nigeria, so, in any situation, we will continue to push for its implementation, and for sure we cannot be intimated.