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  • Updated: April 14, 2024

Halt new national ID card plans — HURIWA to President Tinubu

Halt new national ID card plans — HURIWA to President Tinu

The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has urged President Bola Tinubu to halt plans for the issuance of a new National Identity Card, labelling the proposed exercise as a misappropriation of Nigerian resources and a ploy to drain public funds.

This was contained in a statement by HURIWA's National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko on Sunday.

The group criticized the lack of a national strategy in formulating and implementing beneficial public policies regarding the issuance of the ID.

The commission in a note titled "Key Facts About the Proposed New General Multipurpose National Identity Card clarified that the new ID card would be a single, multipurpose card and not three separate cards.

HURIWA questioned how 133 million impoverished Nigerians would be expected to maintain active bank accounts to obtain the proposed single National ID card.

“This is a scheme to rip off Nigeria of monumental and humongous amounts of public funds which will end up in the offshore bank accounts of top leaders and their mistresses and acolytes.

“We call on President Bola Tinubu to discontinue this sheer misuse of both the commonwealth of Nigerians and the plan to once more subject Nigerians to rounds of ordeals of queuing up in the hot sun or rains all over the country in their banks to access their so-called banks to obtain the dubious national identity card even as the Rights group said it is poor thinking for NIMC to assume that all Nigerians have functional bank accounts to enable them get the ID from those banks,” the statement reads.

The group also urged the government to rather adopt the International Passport as the most critical ID card.

Recall that the NIMC had on 4th April announced its collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System to launch a new card having multiple functionalities, including for social and financial services.

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