The Minister, who claimed he had waived his position on terrorism, added that NIN’s policy
was required by law in Nigeria and that the country had to ensure.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, who has been linked to terrorist activities in the recent past, has stated that to ensure the use of a restaurant by Nigeria in the coming years, Nigerians must produce and verify their national identity number.
Pantami explained why his ministry insisted on the compulsory use of the NIN, despite more than 44 written petitions against the policy and multiple legal proceedings in the country.
The Minister, who claimed he had waived his position on terrorism, added that Nin’s policy was required by law in Nigeria and that the country had to ensure.
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 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.”