A careful analysis of 31 days daily figures of confirmed new cases from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC shows 46.2 percent of Nigerians out of the 107,345 total confirmed cases as at January 15, 2021 contacted the coronavirus.
Nigeria government on December 15, 2020 directed all Telecommunication service providers to block all telephone subscribers who fail to link their National Identity Number with their sim cards.
First, the government instructed the sim cards not link with NIN to be blocked latest December 31 but later extend the deadline to January 19, 2021 for those with NIN who fail to link it with their sim card and Febuary 09, 2021 for those yet to acquire NIN.
Before the government directive, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria as at December 14, 2020 stands at 73,374.
After the directive, there was mad rush and massive crowd of people at NIN registration centres across the country and since then, COVID-19 confirmed new cases in Nigeria have continued to triple almost on daily basis.
From daily new confirmed cases in hundred fold to thousands.
As at January 15, 2021, just a month, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria grew to 107,345; representing 33,971 new cases with 46.2% negative growth.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases as at yesterday January 19, 2021, is 113,305 representing 39,931 new cases in a month and four days with 54.4% negative growth.
There are currently 203 million telephone subscribers in Nigeria with National Identity Management Commission being able to register 42 million Nigerians for the last ten years.
Many have asked the Federal government to discontinue the NIN registration due to the second wave of the coronavirus but the federal government under Muhammadu Buhari insisted.
The federal government have continued to make efforts as if the government is fighting the virus by thus banning and restricting gathering of special public interest like churches and schools while letting crowd of people to be falling on top of one another at various NIN registration centres on daily basis.
Federal Government insisting on the NIN registration and sim card linking is mainly on the reason that the scheme makes it extremely difficult for terrorists to create false identity.
This claim by many shows the government under Muhammadu Buhari is behaving as if the government is ignorant of the way of operations of criminality most especially kidnapping in the country.
Kidnappers as banditry, terrorist or militancy can and possibly use victim or victims telephone to make contact.
They hardly or never use their own mobile phone.
The idea that linking NIN with SIM will help in identifying true suspect in addition to the data the telephone subscriber provided to the service provider is seemingly false and very misleading.
The over 400 students kidnapped and released in Katsina state recently by suspected Boko Haram extremists is a pointer.
Report had it that concern Nigerians negotiated with the kidnappers and the government of Katsina, Zamfara and other Northern states have continued to make statements to show they know those terrorizing the nation and the idea of linking NIN with SIM is possibly the biggest deceit of the federal government.
Zamfara government this morning in its continued media war with Sahara reporter reportedly said the government is grateful to repentant bandits for assisting the government in negotiations with others yet to renounce banditry.
Sahara reporter had earlier said in its report that Zamfara government gifted 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and approved millions of naira as compensation to leaders of repentant bandits and some of the vehicles were thereafter seen; used to carry out other heinous crimes in the state which one of them was captured and seized by men of the vigilante group who retaliated and resisted the bandits attack.
Federal Government is seen endangering more lives under seemingly incorrect way of fighting crime.