Famous comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basketmouth has hit out at the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami for saying that Nigerians should present their NIN before using a restaurant.
Basketmouth expressing his concern took to his Instagram stories and wrote;
“Only restaurants? How about hospitals, night clubs, schools, churches, flights, cabs and mosques.”
“The f*ck!! We should start presenting it before toasting a babe sef, or Nacking.”
“You’ll start hearing things like: Babe, I’m sorry but without your NIN I can’t come to your hotel room.”
The Minister had stated that in order to secure Nigeria in the next few years, Nigerians should present and verify their National Identity Number even before using a restaurant.
The minister stated this while speaking at a convocation lecture of the Federal College of Education Technical Gombe recently.
Pantami said; “The NIN policy is mandatory by law in Nigeria and it stands to secure the country. Without profiling, no country will be secured globally. Criminals don’t like it, and they have been fighting it day in, day out.”
“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. 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, we obtain their 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 intimidated.”