Nigerian singer Banky Wellington, also known as Banky W, has criticized the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for making citizens register for NIN numbers despite recent increased cases of coronavirus reported in the country.

The singer, who lamented on his Twitter account the lack of social distancing among citizens in various NIN centres, said the federal government is irresponsible for making people seek NIN numbers while the country is battling a deadly pandemic.

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According to him, people are being exposed to the same virus that has already taken the lives of many people, all because of NIN registration.

However, he called on the federal government to do something about the situation or put an end to it.

“How can they tell us to disassociate socially on the one hand, and then use this NIN craze to expose us all to covid,” he said.

“This is totally irresponsible of the federal government and of us as a country to insist on this mad scramble for NIN numbers in the midst of the 2nd wave of Covid. People are dying.

“We should be smarter and wiser than that, for God’s sake.

“In the midst of the pandemic, our Nigerian government is making its citizens queue up to get their NIN numbers.

“Totally reckless, inconsiderate and dangerous. Then tomorrow the NCDC will publish the covid infection rates and say to socially disassociate. This country sha,” he wrote.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had ordered telecommunications companies to block all unregistered SIM cards in the country within two weeks.

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Customers of all networks were told to register with their National Identity Numbers (NINs) or risk losing their numbers.