The Social Duty and Duty Venture urged the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari (retired), to cease the Minister of Communications and Digital Financial system, Ali Pantami, and the Director Normal of the Nationwide Identification Administration Fee, Aliyu Abubakar, from ordering Nigerians to register to acquire their nationwide identification quantity and hyperlink it to their SIM playing cards.
The group, which requested Buhari to order Pantami and Abubakar to withdraw the menace to dam all SIM playing cards not linked to the NIN, famous that such data was already obtainable on numerous platforms, resembling financial institution verification numbers, driver’s license, passport and voter card.
SERAP, whereas claiming that no authorities had the proper to deprive its residents of their rights underneath the guise of registering for the NIN and exposing its residents to the dangers of COVID-19, appealed to the President to make sure that the NIMC harmonized and built-in present ones. identification databases at authorities companies with the nationwide identification database and use the data to replace the SIM card file.
The group, in an announcement by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, stated: “The request for Nigerians to register with the NIN is expensive, unjustified and pointless. This may find yourself serving no different function than threatening and violating the rights of Nigerians and creating an ‘inhibiting impact’ on residents’ capacity to take part within the struggle towards corruption within the nation, thereby critically undermining the federal government’s typically repeated dedication to transparency and accountability. . “
In a letter dated December 19, 2020, and a duplicate of the Federation’s Legal professional Normal, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Pantami and Abubakar, the group urged the Federal Authorities to point the measures being taken to forestall registration of the NIN , take away the menace to dam SIM playing cards and take concrete steps to promptly be sure that the NIMC harmonises and integrates present identification databases at authorities companies with the nationwide identification database inside seven days of receiving the letter.
The letter stated partially: “There isn’t a pressing authorized or sensible want for this registration, which threatens the human rights of Nigerians, particularly at a time when their authorities is warning Nigerians of the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak within the nation.
“Stopping Nigerians from utilizing their SIM playing cards might be a flagrant violation of their rights to freedom of expression and entry to data and could have an ‘inhibiting impact’ on the enjoyment of different human rights.
“We might be grateful in case your authorities signifies the measures being taken to forestall pointless registration of the NIN, take away the specter of blocking SIM playing cards and take concrete measures to promptly be sure that the NIMC is ready to faithfully fulfill its authorized capabilities to harmonize and combine present identification databases at authorities companies into the Nationwide Identification Database inside seven days of receiving and / or publishing this letter. “
“If we have now not heard from you by then in regards to the measures being taken on this course, SERAP will take all applicable authorized actions to compel your authorities to implement these suggestions within the curiosity of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.”