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Nigerians React As Anthony Joshua Enrolls For National Identification Number

Anthony Joshua enrols for National Identification Number | Image: Twitter/nimc_ng

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.

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.

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.

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