The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday, January 8, advised the Federal Government to suspend the linking of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards with National Identification Number (NIN) exercise over COVID-19 concerns.
Afenifere stated that it was not proper for the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to continue the exercise amid the second wave of COVID-19.
In the statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said: “Officials of the NIMC who are currently on strike have also complained that they have not been provided and personal protective equipment and their allowances are not being paid.
“It is so barbaric and archaic that Nigerians are being exposed to these dangers; which shows lack of critical thinking in leadership; when bodies like Google etc can manage whatever information on people’s phones without having any contact with the owners”
Afenifere added, “We, therefore, demand immediate suspension of the exercise; until all the issues are addressed.”