NIMC’s Director of Information and Technology, Alhaji Aliyu Aziz, made this known while speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he said the decision for proper identification of Nigerians was informed by the need to improve security, good governance and other related issues.
Aziz said that at the end of the registration exercise, national identification number will be issued to individuals. He then appealed to Nigerians to go for registration at the various offices of the commission across the country, noting that close to 100 million Nigerians at the moment had no proper official identity, while 75 per cent of the various documents of identification in circulation were either fake or made by the owners themselves.
Taking questions from participants at the forum, Alhaji Aziz and other top officials of the NIMC explained that there was no correlation between the ID programme and the Biblical 666 mark of the beast, noting that the exercise will not replace the periodic national census exercise. He said the new identification number will supersede the former national identity card issued to Nigerians.