NIN/Sim card reg will lead to massive COVID-19 death in Nigeria – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, has warned that the brand new directive on Sim card registration would trigger “a catastrophic second wave of COVID-19” within the nation.

HURIWA, a frontline Rights group issued the warning whereas rebuking the Minister of Communications and Digital Financial system, Isa Pantami for steering telecommunications corporations to compel their subscribers to re-register their cellular numbers by linking it to their Nationwide Id Card numbers.

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The Federal Authorities had given a 14-day ultimatum to Nigerians to register their traces or lose their cellular quantity.

Recall that the Nigerian Communication Fee, NCC, had ordered telecommunications corporations to halt the sale and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) not linked to NIN.

NCC had warned that non-compliance by community operators might result in withdrawal of working licenses.

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Following the directive, the federal authorities had unveiled lists of organisations to conduct enrollment of Nigerians beneath the brand new association.

Nevertheless, HURIWA puzzled why Pantami would order Nigerians to conduct one other registration of their Sim Playing cards at a time the nation was battling with COVID-19.

Emmanuel Onwubiko, Nationwide Coordinator of HURIWA, in an announcement, described Pantami’s directive as “grotesque and an irregular try at inflicting huge catastrophic well being emergencies of unimaginable dimension.”

Describing the directive as one accomplished in a navy trend, HURIWA urged the Nationwide Meeting and Nigerians to “resist this coercive and arbitrary directive.”

Onwubiko insisted that the directive was a risk to the “enjoyment of all of the constitutionally protected and assured elementary freedoms.”

He famous that the Minister’s directive was callous, depraved and crude.

He stated, “The directive was an obstacle on the nationwide human rights of Residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, together with the Proper to life (part 33(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on condition that the demand on over 100 million subscribers to return for one more spherical of verification and registration with a presentation of the so referred to as Nationwide Id Card numbers will expose Nigerians to the a lot talked about and far dreaded second wave of the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC which in accordance with medical specialists is way more virulent and devastating.

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“It’s unbelievable {that a} minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be so callous, capricious crude and tendentious by issuing a public directive on one other spherical of SIM CARDS REGISTRATION at a time that the World over, nations are adopting and taking scientific, medical and precautionary measures to stave off the dreaded and grave penalties of the second wave of the Covid-19 PANDEMIC with stricter enforcement of the World Well being Organisation’s Protocols reminiscent of carrying of face masks and social distancing.

“Does the Nigerian Minister of Communication plan to generate mass suicide by Covid-19?”

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