Popular Nigerian comedian aka King of comedy, Ali Baba, has urged the federal government to postpone the Nationa Identification Number (NIN) registration going on in the country over the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
The comedian stressed that whatever purpose the government desires to achieve with the registration process can be achieved after the pandemic might have been put under control.
Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Ali Baba who recently came out to reveal he just recovered from COVID-19 further said he was not paid by any government official to share his COVID-19 experience in a video posted on his verified Instagram page.
The comedian reiterated that Coronavirus is real only that many Nigerians do not believe in its existence in the country because of a trust deficit on the part of the government. Ali Baba 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. The 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.
The comedian added that the timing of the federal government is wrong for the mandatory NIN registration. He charged the government to wake up to their responsibility of protecting the people who voted them into power. He said:
“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.”