Group Insists On NIN Registration, Says Foreign Elements Behind Pantami’s Ordeal
TECH DIGEST – A civil society group, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative, has stated that the ongoing National Identity Number registration and linking with the SIM cards nationwide must continue and the government must not allow foreign and domestic elements to frustrate the process.
TADI on Monday in Abuja added that some “criminal elements” who were working to frustrate the process were behind the travails of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
Embattled Pantami has been in the eye of the storm for about a week over his controversial Islamic teachings which reportedly lent credence to terrorism activities and killings – a stance which has forced a cross-section of Nigerians to demand for his resignation.
TADI, in a release on Monday by its Director, Ambassador Yomi David, stated that it was aware that some elements were working hard to frustrate the NIN process and linking to SIM cards and were presently fighting hard to have the minister removed from office.
The civil society said, “We find it so outrageously demeaning for the unscrupulous elements fanning embers of discord to implicate the United States for credence to their allegations of links with terrorist organisations simply because the minister initiated measures towards curbing the trends of digital malfunctioning and insecure census system that works in tandem with the security architecture of the nation.
“Hence, this is causing the malicious attacks from those benefitting from a near-zero data bank of all inhabitants in the country, whether indigenes or foreigners. Without mincing words, it suffices to state that it emanated from the collaboration of criminal elements whose activities had being seriously combated by the ongoing compulsory linking of NIN to SIM cards of all mobile communication networks operating in the country.
“We are also compelled to call on the international community to disregard this campaign of calumny by the whims of the multinational communication companies whose nefarious activities are being checked by the recent policy introduced by the minister.”
On Sunday, the Peoples Democratic Party had urged the Department of State Security to invite Pantami for questioning and investigation over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda