Following the allegations of extortion levelled against the officials of NIMC in the ongoing NIN/SIM link up, the President, Vision Africa International and Co-Chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha has advised the Federal Government to swing into action and thoroughly investigate the allegations.
There have been allegations of extortion made against the officials of NIMC before issuing the 11-digit number.
Reacting to this development, Bishop Onuoha, the Global Peace Award Winner, 2013, wondered why some individuals would capitalise on opportunities to exploit the poor who work so hard for daily living.
He warned that if the allegation is not handled properly, it might spark off another wave of protest this time by applicants of NIN as a result of the sufferings experienced before getting the National Identification Number which will enable the citizenry link up their SIM cards.
Bishop Onuoha who felt the suffering, extortion, gnashing of teeth experienced by Nigerians in the on-going National Identification Number exercise nationwide, wondered why Nigerians would always be subjected to excruciating rigours each time an exercise that has national scope comes up.
He encouraged the Federal Government to make the process transparent by making sure that officials saddled with the responsibility do not jeopardize the aim of the exercise through dubious character just as he advised Government to borrow a clue from how similar exercises were done in the developed world so as to ease stress and discomfort suffered by the poor masses.
The Methodist Bishop further advised the Federal Government to come up with a process that will be stress-free for Nigerians.
Also, he charged the Federal Government to, for the purpose of capturing all Nigerians, extend the process by another one year to give all Nigerians ample opportunity to be captured in the process.