Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, on Tuesday said the issuance of national identity card by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will go a long way in improving the nation’s security initiatives.
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The ex-military president stated this on Tuesday after collecting a copy of his own identity card from the Director General of NIMC, Barrister Chris Onyemenam, at his Minna Uphill residence, Niger State.
Babangida, who said he was proud to be a Nigerian citizen after collecting the card, said the national identity card scheme would surely help ease and regulate our activities.
“I am proud I have this one while I am still alive, please keep it up. And for those who have not succeeded in enrolling, try to make sure you do it fast.
“I think if there is something one should be very proud of, that is being a citizen. If there is something that confirms you as a citizen then it is something to be proud of”, Babangida stated.
He also advised Nigerians to ensure they register and get their identity cards.
Earlier, the NIMC DG said over six million cards are ready for distribution as the scheme enters the distribution stage.
“We have started distribution of the cards to Nigerians nationwide. We started with Abuja, Lagos and Rivers States. All Nigerians that have enrolled will get their cards before April”, Onyemenam said.