Nigerians React As Anthony Joshua Enrolls For National Identification Number
Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua has been enrolled for his National Identification Number (NIN) at the National Identity Management Commission yesterday (NIMC).
NIMC officials posted pictures with the boxing champion and tweeted about the enrollment.
— NIMC (@nimc_ng) February 18, 2020
The post is an attempt to encourage other Nigerians to enroll for the NIN.
Prior to now, there have been several calls on Nigerians to enroll for their NIN in order to make data-keeping easier.
However, following the tweet, many Nigerians have taken to social media to complain about how cumbersome the process is in getting the NIN, stating that if the process was made easier for them just like they did for Anthony Joshua, they would have applied for theirs.
Anthony Joshua applied for his National ID card today and believe me when I say it’ll be handed to him before the end of today or tomorrow because he’s not like “You and I”.
In this Nigeria just have money, if not you will suffer.
— AJ | Adonai (@mrmanhere_) February 19, 2020
On the flip side, Anthony Joshua would get his National ID tomorrow. He’s not a common man like you and me. This system is not meant for the common man, it’s meant for the rich and connected. Stop stressing it. Get rich or japa.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) February 19, 2020
I applied for my national ID since 2015. I hope Anthony Joshua’s will not be ready before mine. He just applied now
— Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu) February 19, 2020
If you enrolled for National ID between 2013-2015 and haven’t gotten your National ID card till date. kindly RT we want to let NIMC know they’ve failed us. https://t.co/Z439pbRlvQ
— Omezuo 1 (@Okafor_Mang) February 19, 2020
I’ve enrolled for this national ID card since 2014, and I’m yet to be issued a permanent ID card. All I’ve to show for it is the slip.
But Anthony Joshua will most definitely get issued a permanent ID card before me.
Nigeria is for the highest bidder. https://t.co/a3Sgfg2Wps
— Olamide Obe (@olajideobe) February 18, 2020
Some of us enrolled for National ID over 5 years ago & just have the Temporary Slip while the Permanent one will most likely come when we have Grand Children.
In this Nigeria just have money https://t.co/XIotLwaYaj
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) February 19, 2020
The National Identification Number (NIN) is used to tie together all records about citizens, this includes; demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data and a digital signature in the National Identity Database making it relatively easy to confirm and verify identities especially during travels and transactions.
The NIN is an 11 digit number issued to every citizen and legal resident from age 0 under section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission Act.