Obasanjo Gets New e-ID, Praises NIMC Efforts

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been presented with his electronic National Identity Card from the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC. However, the estwhile Nigerian President noted that his Owu tribal mark remains his permanent identity.


His words “Not many people know that I have three identity cards. The first is the international passport, the second is National Identity card and the third is my tribal marks.

Obasanjo upon receiving the card spent some moments to activate the card as well as its inbuilt applications said the national identity card will surely reduce insecurity in the country.

The presentation of the new e-ID card was done by the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Chris Onyemenam, at the Hilltop Mansion of the former president on Monday, in Abeokuta.

Cyber Africa recalls that President Goodluck Jonathan launched the issuance process of the e-ID card on August 28, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former president expressed optimism that the new electronic identity card would enhance security and intelligence gathering in the country just as he however, urged NIMC to ensure that ordinary Nigerians especially in the rural areas have access to the cards.

Obasanjo noted that though Nigerians are getting the card late, but we are getting the best that technology can offer.

“I have my worries and I always express my feelings. I have got special treatment today probably because of my status but how will it be for someone in my village to be captured?

“How much of this functionality in the card will be useful to him and how much will be paid knowing that poverty is still ravaging the rural dwellers? These are issues you will have to address,” he added.

Onyemenan while responding to some reservations raised by Chief Obasanjo allayed the fears being expressed by some Nigerians that the e-ID card could be used to perpetrate fraud, saying the card with its inbuilt technology was rather intended to stop fraud.

He also assured that the NIMC had put in place adequate arrangement to ensure that Nigerians residing in the hinterlands and the creeks are captured in its ongoing nationwide registration.

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