Nigeria comedian and businessman popularly known as Ali Baba, has warned the Federal Government to postpone the National Identification Number (NIN) registration exercise, amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said this while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday. According to him, whatever the government wants to achieve with the exercise could be achieved later.

Ali Baba, who himself recovered from COVID-19 recently, added that no government official paid him to share his Coronavirus battle experience in a video posted on his verified Instagram page.

He said, 
“Believability of information from the government is at the lowest ebb right now, especially with the cases of the palliatives that were hidden when people were hungry. Government has not really been in the good books of believability.

Then to crown it all, in the face of this second wave, you tell people to do National Identification Number registration and people are packing themselves in places. The number of people that are going to catch Covid and become victims of Covid from going to register will be higher than people who go to the beach or people who throw parties.

So, you can’t, on one hand, say, Covid is real, maintain social distancing and on the other hand, you say, people have to go and queue for the (NIN) registration.

There are ways we can technologically deal with these things. Information technology has gotten to the point that we really do not need to go to a particular point to register.

It is not now that there is a pandemic that you should insist on that kind of thing. Let the pandemic be over. Whatever it is can be done later. Whatever purpose you want to achieve can be achieved later.

It is important that people are considered first. But when you say people should start registering for NIN, it means that you are endangering the people.”

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