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  • mfon

    I dey laugh ooo

    • redeem

      The latest in financial innovation is coming from Nigeria–and it blessedly doesn’t involve elaborate Internet scams. Nigeria’s government, instead, is teaming up with MasterCard to run a pilot program which would turn the country’s national ID cards into debit cards.

      MasterCard and the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission made the government debit card announcement at the World Economic Forum on Africa on Wednesday. 13 million combination government ID cards/debit cards will be rolled out over the next year; Nigeria has a population of approximately 167 million. The ID cards, which contain demographic and biometric data belonging to each Nigerian citizen encoded on a microchip, will be linked to bank accounts. When the cards are used at stores or kiosks, cashiers will be able to verify the buyer’s identity using both the regular photo identification and the biometric chip-encoded information.

      For Nigeria, which is undergoing an economic boom fueled by new businesses and mobile phones, the worry is that ethnic violence and omnipresent corruption could slow down growth. Due to the tracking capabilities, security, and built-in paper trail of cashless currency, the Nigerian government feels debit card payments could be a solution. After the initial 13 million cards are given to pilot testers, the government hopes to deploy 120 million ID cards/debit cards once the scheme proves workable.

      • Nigerian

        What is this???

  • Segun Surulere

    Just wondering … All the countries with national ID card schemes , do any have a payment solution embedded?

    • redeem

      “The initial rollout in Nigeria of 13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards with electronic payment capability–followed by a nation-wide rollout of potentially 120 million cards to all adult citizens–will allow cardholders to deposit funds on the card, receive social benefits, pay for goods and services, withdraw cash from all ATMs that accept MasterCard, and engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments,” MasterCard’s Michael Miebach told Fast Company via email. “In addition to the various functionalities of a Smart ID, the scheme will allow Nigerians, 70% of whom currently having no back account, to participate in the global economy.”

      Nigeria’s Access Bank has signed on to initially issue the cards, with Unified Payments serving as the payment processor. Other banks have agreed to issue the ID cards/debit cards as well. Beyond making things easier for the government, they also have the potential to cause a banking boom in Nigeria by connecting the unbanked with bank accounts. Of note is the fact that, because the Nigerian cards use chip-and-pin technology, they are more sophisticated than American debit or credit cards.

  • alao

    We are waiting for Georges Ruggiu aka @redeem to make a hate comment

    • redeem

      @WAHALA——————————–ITS THE IBOS WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME–RIBADU ATI OBJ KILLED THE ONLY BANK OWNED BY AN IJAW MAN BANIGO-AND SOLD THE BANK VIA SANUSI TO THE YORUBAS—–BESIDES i AM A FULL FLEDGED NIGERIAN FROM THE ss——NOT A WHITE MAN LIKE GEORGE RUGGIUS—-AT LEAST IT HAS HELPED U AN IBO ATI FULANI MAN- FROM CALLING THE PRESIDENT DUMBO

      Nigeria’s Access Bank has signed on to initially issue the cards, with Unified Payments serving as the payment processor. Other banks have agreed to issue the ID cards/debit cards as well. Beyond making things easier for the government, they also have the potential to cause a banking boom in Nigeria by connecting the unbanked with bank accounts. Of note is the fact that, because the Nigerian cards use chip-and-pin technology, they are more sophisticated than American debit or credit cards.

      While combination identification cards and debit cards might seem like a privacy advocate’s nightmare, some experts feel they have amazing potential. David Wolman, author of The End of Money, told Fast Company that “The reality is that combating poverty means finding ways to get people access to basic financial services and that can’t really happen without money in electronic form. It’s not a panacea, obviously, and no one can predict if this particular program will succeed or flop. But that doesn’t change the fact that services of this sort are desperately needed.”
      According to World Bank statistics, Nigeria has a massive 7.3% GDP growth rate–but 62.6% of the population lives below the poverty line.

  • Ken

    Nigeria and MasterCard signed the agreement for smart ID card project in May 2013. It was widely publicised, yet all those expressing ‘outrage’ today were mute. Now that the process has finally been launched (after three failed attempts), they have finally woken up from slumber and began crying foul. Why? The answer is simple: MasterCard will not play mago mago with unique IDs and, therefore, will expose the voodoo numbers game that a section of the country have been playing since independence. Now they are jittery because the card will not capture the goats and cows that vote in elections.

    • rawsilkysmooth

      hahaha!

    • Swagger

      Well not to join issues with you here. Besides any other argument, they are talking about placing the company’s logo on a national symbol. Any explanation for that? And I’m sure you saw comments from north and south there…

      • Ken

        The explanation is simple: MasterCard is providing the technology and fund-processing capabilities for the scheme. It only makes sense that they make that disclosure with their logo. Even more importantly, they are putting their stamp on a Nigerian ID card (remember our terrible reputation globally when it comes to fraud) thereby giving every user unrivalled credibility to use that card anywhere in the world! Many Nigerian’s who have struggled to pay for goods and services abroad because of their nationality will tell you the benefit of MasterCard’s sign of approval. They are making money…YES, but also taking a HUGE risk on us.

        • Mamman

          Mr Ken(?)…there are purportedly 170m Nigerians, abi? Now, how many of them travel abroad & struggle to pay for goods & services? Can you in all honesty,give us a tentative percentage of those Nigerians vis a vis the total mentioned earlier? Haba,your hatred of a section of the country and its people and culture should never blind you to the obvious. Just yesterday your President made an altruistic move in relation to the NSPMC. Why won’t he wait for the overhaul of the firm before rushing into this devilish collaboration? A group of passionate fans took a decision in the 90s to change the direction of the Nation’s Football team. It worked and every one took notice. So,if they were not dumb or criminally minded,they easily could have given the whole thing all the needed integrity and credibility without surrendering our sovereignty and turning us into the world’s laughing stock. Be reasonable in your hatred,Sir.

          • Ken

            As a corps member serving in Sokoto during the 2006 census and a first hand witness to the conduct of the whole exercise, my views are not borne out of hatred or hearsay…and I will not apologise for them because the mess we are in as a nation is simply due to the falsehood we have ALL allowed to thrive in different areas of our nationhood. If previous national ID card projects were not sabotaged for the reasons I mentioned (and you know those in power during those projects), we would not be talking about MasterCard today. We are only settling for second…or even third best because we refused to tell ourselves the truth.

          • Wähala

            @Ken,
            No one is against National ID Cards… but, All man are against the selling of our intimate data to a foreign body, company or not. Haven’t you heard about foreign spy agencies setting up companies specifically to have “human assets” on ground in a target country? Sha, I hope you’ve heard of the Shell Spy in Nigeria… guess who that is! Again, silly you!!

          • redeem

            @mumu–wahala——————— everything about u is already known to them police in the USA—————-or wherever u may be–hiding especially thieves like u- who are into-419————once u venture into the web–especially the social media———————–u are open to the CUIA and FBI–but u need not be scared if–if u operate like a pastor—————–not yr type that is supposed to be crated back to jail———————for keeps——————— sha———–

        • MB

          Wise countries create commotions when America taps their telephone conversation, here you are praising dumbo for selling out complete bio and economic data of the country to America. Do you think any reasonable leader will allow a card carrying the biodata, financial transactions including which airline you board, which drug did you buy in the chemist, what school are your kids going to and what are they studying, what research equipment did your institutions buy and so on to be sold to America? America!! Only dumbo can sell us to America

          • redeem

            why are u scared like tinubu if u did not forge yr certs–or sell drugs abroad

        • Femi

          @Ken you’re saying rubbish. Which country in the world have you seen sell all its citizen’s database to a foreign firm all in the name of national ID. Why should mastercard logo be embedded on the card, Why should 170 million Nigerians be compulsorily attached to mastercard. There is no excuse for this careless act. Its an infringement on our sovereignty.

    • Wähala

      @disqus_He6fIZnpPV:disqus,
      Today you’ve removed ‘Mani’ from your handle but sycophancy still oozes from your comment…
      The devil is in the details as we say in America… back when you were referring, no one knew that a private company’s logo will be embalmed onto national ID Cards… where else have you seen such ID cards in the world? Needless to highlight that your prism blocks you from reasoning and realizing the national security threat the handing over of personal data to a foreign Govt on a gold card poses. Silly you! Aborigine animals, sub-humans…

      • Ken

        You abusive language tells me you are lower than an animal…that’s all I can say to you.

        • redeem

          wahala is a pig–nothing to learn from his big fat head–just his smelly dirty insults on the president–period———–now he has opened up to being in the USA-may be he has managed to regulate his papers-

  • Okikiola Beckley

    How did they buy this dummy? The greed is so much that their sense of reasoning is completely befuddled.

  • Maria

    We have been sold by Okonjo….Mr Dumbo has again been shown to be brainless. Nigeria is finished. We have companies in Nigeria that can handle this project but Okonjo opted to use MasterCards. It is evident now that this woman is a fraudster.

    • Wähala

      Biko, biko, biko…
      Leave Dr. Ngz. Iweala out of your tantrum, the buck stops with Dr. Dumbo whose picture you see on the prototype. Aborigines are career sell-outs, they’ll betray their mothers for a piece of crumbs. Fed. Govt decisions are handled at FEC meetings which Dumbo is C-in-C and as Jaja of Abuja, is also their Supreme Leader. Go bend your neck at him and leave my Aunt out of your misgivings… Otherwise, Tons of Love & Respect! You make a lot of sense about sofort impeachment.

      • Maria

        Did you watch the TV showing the launch ceremony? If you did, you would see that Okonjo claimed glory for the invention (this eID scam)in her speech, so why should we leave her out?

        • Wähala

          Quite frankly, I don’t watch much of Naija TV for news feeds… their grammar alone is, Lord Have Mercy! If so, sorry ooh! Can’t blame her, in an Administration without credibility any credit is anybody’s to claim. And, given her background in finance industry she may well be behind the gaffe. Either way, the buck still stops with Dr. Dumbo… I owe you one bottle of odeku, tall or short bottle?

          • Maria

            Exactly…. the Dumbo man is to be blamed… anyone can give an idea your acceptance r rejection of it lies with you as the ultimate decision maker. Mr Jonathan is the worst leader to preside over any nation.

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          ”Did you watch the TV showing the launch ceremony? If you did, you would see that Okonjo claimed glory for the invention (this eID scam)in her speech, so why should we leave her out?”
          IF she can successfully claim glory for this invention, believeme she deserves so much glory. THIS ACHIEVEMENT is a milestone in world history.

      • Gideon Orkar

        It could have been an oversight. You know our people they start quaking and blabbing when they see Oyinbo.

        the logo should be removed sharply

        • tonydaymn

          why will it be removed??what are you afraid of??the same fear mongering that hausa fulani is using to make sure that nigeria never get ID cards since 70s..if you dont want to use your card as debit or credit card,dont subscribe..whats so difficult to understand in this?? with master card,the id cards will be useful in over 100 countries that recognises and uses mastercard,it means you can use it widely..so many people here are really dummy

    • redeem

      if u are not into fraud–then u need not fear———————-this is another way of re-branding our image—-destroyed globally by the ibos fulanis ati yorubas-besides–the idea was not sold to Jonathan by ijaws–it was the thieving elites -within the tripod that sold the vision to Jonathan–cause they hope to make money off his back——————————-so let us have it——animals

      • Checkmate

        Thanks for confirming that Jonathan is DUMB and DAFT for accepting it. Oh! Nigerians we are in trouble.

    • tonydaymn

      you people are really funny lot..since 1976, this project have been on and your so called nigerian companies handle the project,what happened?countries that didnt have the dream of ID cards when we started are already implementing theirs..i dont understand your complain.just like alarmists that fill this country,what are you afraid of??its a great plus that master card agree to midwife the transaction part of this id due to nigeria’s scam profile..master card wont have your information unless you subscribe to them through your bank..if not,your ID card is still just an ID which cannot be used for any financial transaction..so what is the problem????

  • Maria

    Impeach Ebola Jonathan now.

    • Lanre

      Thank you Maria. A National Identity Scheme branded by a payment solutions company that operates a profitable financial operation. No where in the world have I seen Mastercard branding the Identity Card of a citizen of any country in the world! But then again, when we comment, they label us. Nothing good will come out from Jonathan, Obasanjo, Babangida, Buhari, Abubakar. Until Nigeria breaks up into its natural constituent ethnic and linguistic groupings, we are going to continue seeing this shameless manifestations of obdurate incompetence. Like soldiers running away from their own territory into another country! And you call it Tactical Maneuver after they had been disarmed!
      Impeaching/Removing Jonathan is important. It is the first step. He is purely incompetent. But Nigeria needs to go back to the regional administration of the first republic as the foundation for a Confederation.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        ”No where in the world have I seen Mastercard branding the Identity Card of a citizen of any country in the world!”
        I HAVE NATIOANAL ID CARDS BRANDED BY VISA nad MASTER CARD!!! You are therefore TOTALLY WRONG!!!

        • Wähala

          From which countries let’s consult Google… Talk is free indeed!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Check all West European countries except Britain!!!

          • Wähala

            You live in a cave… I live in Switzerland and Deutschland and there are no company logos on our ID cards. Quit lying!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Try Scandinavia.

          • Xman

            U see, u are talking of two different cards, oneis Bank Card, and the other is National ID, but here we are talking of having all the info in one card, wrong bro..

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Are we not BLESSED? We should be grateful for carrying less load.

          • Gideon Orkar

            Dude I think we are comparing apples to oranges here. Denmark may have an individuals security numbers on their bank cards like you have said but that is a card owned by the bank which is a commercial entity. But I am not sure you can find a country in Western Europe that will allow for Visa or Mastercard to put their logo on their National ID cards

          • Gezawa

            But the bank doenst have all your information on its database. Your national Id number are just increased security checks employed by the bank.

        • Ogom

          You have more than one national identity card? Clearly a 419 guy.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            NO. A professional that works as an EXPARTRIATE!!!

          • Ogom

            So which countries’ ID card do you have with VISA & Mastercasd logo? Please enlighten us.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            The countries that I have lived in.

          • Ogom

            Tell us naow 🙂

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            My CV is QUITE EXTENSIVE!!!

          • Ogom

            I don’t doubt it.. I’m just asking which countries you lived in which have VISA & Mastercard logo on their NATIONAL ID CARDS?

            Put me out of my misery please.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Try DANMARK. All bank cards carry people individual national identity numbers. Without these numbers on your bank card, you cannot perform any transaction. You are also not eligible to all other social services!

          • Ogom

            So you’re saying in Denmark all bank cards have social security numbers? They are still bank cards though.. Issued by the banks, not the government of Denmark?

            That’s not quite the same thing as what Jonathan has brought to Nigeria now, is it?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Yes, all bank cards issued to the citizens and residents in Denmark contain the individual personal number (social security number).

          • Ogom

            It’s not FREE. Jonathan has sold 170m ‘customers’ to MasterCard & Access Bank.

            They now own us. Now, that hurts me.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            OGOM! OGOM!! OGOM!!! You are really funny. You have made me laugh so much. YOU ARE COOL!!!!

          • Nigerian

            My friend it’s DENMARK not DANMARK.

          • redeem

            at least u know the guy was referring to Denmark sha-aware it was a typographical error–haba—-9ja with their sabi sabi———-only a thief—a 419ner like wahala will be scared of the current arrangement on the NID card———–if u are not a thief—u will not run when u see a police man- in the afternoon——–its people like wahala who goes about with human head in his akpoti——that will be afraid to venture out near a police post—–home ati abroad—them fear police man like hell–cause he always having one case or the other–with the police—its either he has beaten his wife–or stolen something–or caught selling drugs on the streets of Newark——————-

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            The original name is DANMARK.

          • Dan maikoko

            We have Dinamarka, country of Dan but in English that we speak in Nigeria and other English speaking countries its Denmark.

          • Nigerian

            Educate him please.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Dinamarka in portuguese and DANMARK in scandinavia.

          • Factual

            Which of them do you speak or write?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            You can easily figure that out.

          • Factual

            You know better.

          • Nigerian

            Why don’t you admit it if you don’t know instead of trying to be dumb like that guy, Redeem.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            In scandinavia, Denmark is called DANMARK.

          • Factual

            And which one are you scandinavian or Nigerian who speaks English?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            How about being both?

          • Factual

            Since Nigerians don’t understand the Scandinavian language, I think it’s better if you use the English version they understand better. Just keep your scandinavian to yourself. What do you think?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Agreed.

          • Dan maikoko

            Well he said DANMARK a country that does not exist, cant you get it?

        • Xman

          From which country did u get that? I am sure it is not in Canada, UK or US, so say the country.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Answer my questions above first!!

        • Lanre

          Godfrey Etokebe, for the sake of inquiring minds who might want to know, please provide a link or a picture that shows the identity card of any citizen of any country in the world; issued by the national government that has the logo of Mastercard. This is without prejudice to the fact that I have read through your posts and I find you intellectually deficient and wanting. I would never engage in a discourse with someone who does not know how to spell Denmark and cannot spell the word Expatriate.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            In the first instance, the ORIGINAL name of what that you spell and call Denmark is DANMARK (for the natives). I would be very glad to send you my own personal identity card if not for security prohibition. I am glad that AN INTELLECTUAL PROFICIENT individual like you lays emphasis on TYPOS in a disussion forum. This is good for the general upliftment of our english as a lingua franca. But remember that ”the computer dashboard can be funny”. ”THAT IS WHY FORUM DISCUSSION IS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE DISCUSSION FORUM”

      • Mike udi

        U re completely wrong with the believe of the writer. U use ATM Card provided by visa nd u complaining of national identity card.
        The difference between ATM nd national identity is ,ATM card data re independently store on bank individual nd visa data base with no connection with national identity mgt commission why national identity card is store nd manage in a central system that integrate both Nigerian banks nd national identy management commision.
        Data in ur ATM is the same in ur identity card
        They are:
        Ur name
        Date of birth
        Place of birth
        Thumbprint
        Marital statue
        Etc
        I am sure u field all these before u were issued ur ATM card.

    • Mike udi

      U re completely wrong with the believe of the writer. U use ATM Card provided by visa nd u complaining of national identity card.
      The difference between ATM nd national identity is ,ATM card data re independently store on bank individual nd visa data base with no connection with national identity mgt commission why national identity card is store nd manage in a central system that integrate both Nigerian banks nd national identy management commision.
      Data in ur ATM is the same in ur identity card
      They are:
      Ur name
      Date of birth
      Place of birth
      Thumbprint
      Marital statue
      Etc
      I am sure u field all these before u were issued ur ATM card

  • John green

    Another avenue where the Gej administration has failed the nation, over the past 16 years, few nigerians can boast of a national identity cards with billions of naira allocated to the ministry every year, is this the nation we pray for or the leader we wants? This administration is not just for us, we need a change……

  • amazing2012

    Our leaders don’t even think about the country, more so to think of any implication to our national sovereignty. Do you remember the case of Palastians in Kano? Where the government hand over to Mossad to Introgate them? Now with this information at hand to America, they will know who has what, our age bracket for future targets of enslavement. Everything is use in the world of security and economy including demographic data and financial information. Surely this is the worst era that happen to us humans on earth. Everything is going wrong !

  • Wähala

    Dumbo simply collected money from MC (for his relection funds) to sell the identity & data of his adopted homeland…
    He is an Aborigine from Kalaka Islands in the South Pacific whose ancestors washed ashore in Nigeria carrying Lord Lugard’s luggage, he doesn’t give a damn about us… his loyalty remains with his slave masters. Yesterday I quoted a Ghanaian professor and Premium Times sanctioned me, this is further proof of the mental health of our Jaja of Abuja. Proudly displaying his picture and handing over personal date to a foreign commercial house is insanity worthy of Aro Mental Hospital… wallahi!

  • Paul

    Why all the noise………… Dont we operate debit & credit cards in Nigeria….

    • Xman

      We have debit or credit card, with our basic information, not thumb print, retina eye scan and other bio data of us. Besides, I live in Canada, they don’t have such id with Master, visa or any card for that matter. And if u care to know, I have lived in the US and UK too, it is just a card for ur Social Security Number, National Insurance Number, Social Insurance Number or whatever u want to call it, let people interested in obtaining credit or debit card approach their banks not handling over the population data to a company like that.

      • Paul

        Okay….. But their is always rooms for improvement. The most important thing here, is that we as Nigerians need a functional data base. It’s long overdue. Afterall, we are not better off in this present day Nigeria without it. Though i dnt have the full details of the contract terms b/w NIMC & master card but i believe they have contracts terms and not just master card having a field day. They must obey the confidentiality clause…. Thats my opinion.

  • Ladi

    Most of you condemning the MC logo, what has Nigeria and Africa been able to do for themselves since attaining independence? Make una go sit down. Pride goes before a fall.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    A Nigerian ID card is of no value outside Nigeria except there is AUTHENTIFICATION by an internationally reputed establishment. With MASTER CARD on it, this national ID card is actually the best in the world for now. It is futuristic and shall soon be copied by all other countries that can afford it. IT IS A GREAT FEELING to know that Nigeria (my beloved country) is a PACESETTER!!! As of today, most countries are doing away with the practice of stamping residence permits to
    foreign nationals in their passports but instead are adopting the USA GREEN CARD system. We should all be very happy that MASTER CARD has agreed to partner Nigeria on this milestone project. The only people that may be criticizing are
    the ELITES that believe that it is only their right to be members of the MASTER CARD family (which is a status symbol). They (ELITES) hate to envisage POOR NIGERIANS carrying NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS in their wallets that accord them
    the privileges that were suppose to be reserved for the ELITES ONLY.

    • Omega P

      Are you mentality stable? What is MasterCard to an average Nigerian that can hardly afford three square meal plus if they need one they can get a Prepaid MasterCard which is abundantly available everywhere. Other than facilitating transactions what other benefit is their in this program. Do you fully understand the possible implication of this program. We already have bank accounts we don’t need this facility to be duplicated. Trusting a commercial entity with the information of 170 Million Nigerians is outrageous and vulnerable. i.e. our data can be mined by anyone for commercial purposes among other things, we can easily be tracked, and potentially other countries can access our data which can facilitate their spying and dubious programs. This program immensely breach our privacy with no shadow of doubt, it disadvantages GIGANTICALLY out-weight its advantages if their is any advantage.

      • Wähala

        Sycophancy is a mental health problem… stop watering stones!
        Their Oga@TheTop is mentally unstable to have allowed this outrageous deal go thru, no wonder a Ghanaian Prof. Aittey, recommended psychiatric examinations for him. Leave @Etokebe to his faith, biko…

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          My OGA@TheTop is the SOUNDEST (or MOST SOUND) PRESIDENT that has EVER RULE NIGERIA.

          • Wähala

            Your Oga@TheTop is a drunkard!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            He is not a TERRORIST like you Oga@The Top!!

          • Nigerian

            He is A CUSTODIAN AND SPONSOR OF TERRORISTS.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            God has revealed to the INNOCENT winers and diners with BOKO HARAM SPONSORS the TRUTH. They are now SERIALLY walking away GRACEFULLY from the BOKO HARAM ”HIGH COUNCIL” called APC!!!

          • Nigerian

            The TERRORISTS are now home DINNING and WINING with their OGA JONAHARAM, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF of TERRORISTS.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            God has safely rescued the INNOCENT ONES from the JAWS and CLAWS of BOKO HARAM ”HIGH COUNCIL” called APC.

          • Nigerian

            Do you really know the meaning of “innocent”?

      • tensiond

        Thank you!

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        What that you are against is a GLOBAL PRACTICE!!! (see my comment above).

    • Ebe

      Ebot ke afo ado! Kene Akpabio sime ndisime…

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Ami UDOUDO IDEM_ADAN mmaha nyungø nda mkpø EFUKØFUK!!!

    • Ken

      Please don’t reply the Ladi fellow below…himself and other trolls have been prowling the comments page trying to oppose any voice of reason.

  • dan

    Everything that was abandoned by past governments are now being realized by this government. May God bless you GEJ, keep doing it! We are with you! Premium Times, how do I get my card?

    • Ken

      You just asked the perfect question any sane person should be concerned about…where is the nearest location to get ones card! And for those of you that want to remain indentity-less…carry on, after all it’s a free world.

    • Kick ’em out

      Ask the Dumbo.

  • Lanre

    When a government is run by a moron, the people gradually become idiots. I have no pity for Nigeria. As for Nigerians, congratulations on being branded by Mastercard. You are now priceless! Lol.

  • oghreco

    President Jonathan is either too dumb or too naive to realize the implications of some of his actions. He may be driven by passion to get results where others have failed but this man just doesn’t understand economics, security or sovereignty. If the many advisers, praise singers and hangers on cannot advise the president on things such as this that bring embarrassment and opprobrium, then they should all be sacked. Where is madam finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala? Where is Olusegun Aganga, Minister for Trade and Investment? Where is the minister for Agriculture Dr. Akinwumi Adesina? Where is the NSA Col. Sambo Dasuki? Where was Gen. David Mark and Aminu Tambuwal, Senate President and Speaker House of Reps respectively, when this decision was taken and approved? Where was the so-called Council of State when this decision was taken? Why do the leadership in Nigeria suffer from inferiority complex? Why can’t we use our heads? This is not only disgraceful, it is an abominable and unforgivable act of treason. No Nigerian should get his details into that silly database. We must reject it in all its entirety. Why should it even be conducted by Mastercard? What is the purpose of setting up the Nigeria Minting and Printing Press? Why can’t the Mint in conduction with the likes of Interswitch be allowed to develop and manage the identity scheme. Why can’t we encourage the development of our indigenous companies? We tried Sagem of France earlier with the later Chief Sunday Afolabi and they creamed off millions of our hard earned Naira, which Obasanjo allowed Afolabi’s children to keep simply because the man passed away before he could be prosecuted and the money recovered.There is a serious problem with those superintending Nigeria. They don’t seem to have a clue about anything other than how to get to power. Today is a very sad day in our Nations history.

    • Lanre

      Thank you Oghreco. All the people that you mentioned cannot help. They are all part of the rot. From whence the salvation of Nigerians will come, no one knows.What is certain however is that Nigeria has become an eyesore. I asked Godfrey Etokebe who seems to be the online representative of the Nigerian government a question asking him to show me the copy of a Citizens ID anywhere in the world that has the logo of Mastercard. My friends (who are not Nigerians) and I that read Premium Times and are also monitoring this article, wanted a response. They wanted Godfrey to show the example of any country in the world that has done this to its citizens. There was no coherent response from him.
      Governance in Nigeria is and has been a thriving Criminal Enterprise.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Lanre, Do you want to 419 my ID? The salvation of Nigeria is HERE and NOW. GEJ is leading us in the IT (INNOVATION and TRANSFORMATION) pathway towards greatness.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    To be candid, I beg to differ vehemently with the antagonists of this card structure. Firstly, the spirited criticism of using a logo of an American credit card company does not stand up here. Before now, many of you have your personal credit cards from the same company. Are you telling us here that your personal data and other info are obliterated from the Americans in this circumstance? Judging from the sample shown in this story, I can see ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria’ there and underneath, ‘national identity card’. I can see also the watermark of the Nigerian symbol. What else Nigerian does one want? The argument likening it to the ‘slave trade’, again does not stand up. This card cannot entitle its holder to enter the USA or, indeed, any other nation without the usual entry protocols, one of which is a valid visa. So how does the card make its holder to become an object that could be swept into America in the tidal waves of slavery as had happened in the past? One thing I can decipher here is objection raised by some people who might have some ulterior motives. As it will be now, if you are a holder of this card, the idea of fraud, 419 and other international criminal acts that have been identified with some Nigerians in the past would become a thing of the past. What it now means is that as a Nigerian you have the privilege of offer to use your card as credit card. And if you are clean and are of noble mind, you should have nothing to worry about. Those that would worry would be those who harbour thoughts of a fraud and other criminal acts. Talking again about divulging secrets of Nigerian sovereignty, what sovereignty are we talking about here? And what ‘secrets’ do you think the Americans and the West don’t know about Nigeria? Even if you go by the recommendations of the antagonists of this card and make it ‘all-Nigerian’, would that stop the secrets about Nigeria being known by the West? As things stand now there will come a time when you, as a Nigerian, will be asked for this card in any transaction you will transact anywhere in the world. So, it will be of your own interest to strive to get yours now before it is too late, unless you are planning to dump Nigeria for good.

    • Huck231

      Dont mind the Northern elites. Na dem. They don’t know the number of their children hence they don’t want an ID.

      • Checkmate

        You are so bigoted hence you can’t contribute anything meaningful to the discussion.

  • Hass

    I fail to see the substance that is being celebrated here. May be I am all alone here. The issue is a two step path to making sense out of it.

    Before condemning the choice of Master or Servant as partner, we first have to justify the value/advantage of combining financial transaction capability (for all celebrating the liberation and credibility that the “Master” brings to us backward and rejected Nigeria, it is only a capability in the card. You will NEED to fund/link it with a bank account in the same NIGERIA. If you got no money, no honey my friend).

    Consider that we already have mobile money on your phone, internet (Paga, Quickteller, ….) and the bulk of all bank customers have Visa or Mastercard branded ATM/Debit cards that works on international merchant POS. What exactly are we being sold here???

    Imagine how many places that we currently have to show our picture ID in Nigeria to get service, (at the airport, signing agreements, government offices, etc). How comfortable are you that the number that you are flashing is pointing somebody to your deposit of money, that is if you have managed to complete the link/activate this part of the card.

    If anybody can justify this additional value, then it is really more of what platform (AMEX, Master, Verve, Visa….) you want to use. So the choice of master is really a very distant issue.

    I heard a whisper that Mastercard is part funding the project. Does that not raise the fundamental question of what happened to the budget fund. Is this a desperate step to avoid accounting for money spent or unspent?

    Just thinking aloud….

    • Tiny Tim

      Thinking aloud… I hear u loud and clear. The Federal Government of Nigeria never once came out to say that the cost was beyond them, so how come the entrance of for-profit organizations (MasterCard and Access Bank) to henceforth be permanently a part of this project?

      Just thinking aloud….

  • save Nigeria from US imperiali

    In as much as the card is multipurpose, listen to the voice of reason. America has been proven not to be trusted. Are you from another planet? The card is good but dont surrender the database of a whole country to America. America is not different from its company. Infact, they back their companies and use it to milk developing countries. It worries me that this is happening. Nigeria Printing and Mint company should collaborate with Nigerian companies for this project. US would mine our data and use it for Amerian interests in the future. US is already doing it to its citizen. Data security should reside within Nigeria abeg.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    I have READ all the arguments below. Simplistically, what we have in the National ID is novel ONLY in the sense that it is given free of charge to all Nigerian citizens. Infact, bank cards with photo ids are de novo identity cards in most advance countries in the world. These cards are either MASTER or VISA based. Alternatively, they carry both emblems. They are accepted internally and accross the borders of these countries as valid personally identity cards. People pay annual fees to obtain these identity cards. VISA and MASTER card are AMREICAN companies. Are you telling me that EUROPEAN and ASIAN countries that have this practice have SURRENDERED their sovereignty to AMERICA? In addition, since most Nigerians now have visa and master cards through their banking affiliation, Are those visa and master card holders personal information not available with these providers?

    • Jujubeans

      There is not a single European country’s govt. that shares retina scans and finger print information of it’s citizens with banks. Not one. Further more I can CHOOSE what bank I bank with and whether or not I want Visa or Mastercard. With the said deal, 100 million Nigerians will automatically become customers of Access bank plc and mastercard. No CHOICE. How is that good?

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        ALL European countries share their people SOCIAL SECURITY numbers with banks. Having a VISA STEMPLET ON IT does not automatically make you an ACCESS BANK CUSTOMER. A secure DATBASE is VERY DIFFICULT to build from the SCRATCH. That is where PARTNERSHIP is in DEMAND. You need the expertise and competence of ESTABLISHED CONSORTIUMS such as MASTERCARD to achieve it at a reasonable period of time. You are still at LIBERTY to use VISA instead of MASTERCARD. The reality is that most banks provide the VISA and MASTER services SIMULTANEOUSLY (and may be other providers).

        • Jujubeans

          I don’t understand how you are confusing social security number with retina scans and finger prints. Also a bank “issues” a payment card, they don’t just drop from out of space, that is Access bank’s role in this deal. How is it that other countries, even African countries like Kenya, have managed to issue ID cards without this kind of set up? Please google Kenya national ID card and go to the official site and look at the pictures of the ID card production process. It is bad enough that we have such a useless government but that they also now want to sell us on top is appalling!!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            It depend on the level of RIGOR that you want to ATTAIN. IN scientific RESEARCH, you impact is highly dependable on the level of RIGOR. The Nigerian government has set the bar VERY VERY HIGH. If the Nigerian government can successfully achieve this, IT IS A MILESTONE IN WORLD HISTORY. We do not need to compare ourselves and our system with SUBSTANDARDS situations otherwise we shall REMAIN UNDERDEVELOPED.

          • Jujubeans

            na wa! okay o…when you get your ID card, please let us know….

      • uduakomiri

        You don’t know what you are talking. Do you know the NHS in the UK sells patients health data to insurance companies? Do you realise that banks also sell customer data to third parties in spite of the fact there is a data protection law in the UK. You can only talk about what you know. People should stop using Europe and America to make silly arguments. We are better than them in so many things problem is that we personalise government and its institutions in Nigeria. I guess this is one of the reasons people think of Goodluck as weak because he is the most educated man to have taken the sit in Aso Rock, he is a full bred civilians and as such not used to the agbero tactics of the previous presidents. We should criticise him when he gets things wrong and encourage him when he is making some progress.
        Lastly, the voters register in the UK could be purchased by anyone living in the country so far the can pay for it and of course it doesn’t cost more than 5000 naira. So we should stop complaining and making arguments driven by our own ignorance and personal insecurity.
        GEJ got this one right. When our last CBN governor was busy reforming the banks people accused him of all sorts of things yet we are all reaping from his foresight. When the CBN introduced nylon versions of the naira, we wanted to crucify them yet some seven years after, European central banks governors are mulling doing the same thing.
        ID card schemes are problematic. UK tried one severally and failed. Other countries did same and failed because the people do not trust surrendering their details to the government directly even though we do so every second indirectly. The FG needs a public campaign to explain to people why the scheme is important and reassure everybody that their details are safe.
        This ID card scheme could be one of the most remarkable thing Nigeria has ever done since the groundnut pyramids

  • Nuel

    As usual cynics [Premium Times and co] will raise issues that are totally baseless. What is wrong in having a unique identification Number… I think we pay too much attention to issues that bother on selective description from a myopic and irrational writer. Other countries have a standard data base, the President acknowledged the flaws and has taken that step to align us with global trends. For security and other critical purposes, a credible data bank is apt. The next step is have a forensic lab with hi-tech world class equipment. The world is technology driven, we can’t go back to the cave age.. NEVER. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    • Jujubeans

      You are missing the point. As stated in the article, the Nigerian government has automatically dashed two private for profit companies: Access bank and Mastercard ,100 million customers. More sinister is the question of who has access to my fingerprints, your fingerprints, my retina eye scans, your retina eye scans not to mention nam, DOB etc etc. I can live with Nigerian govt having access (though very uncomfortably) to those details but Mastercard? Please as they say “think very well”

      • Sopulu

        What about the details you’ve given to Facebook, Google, Yahoo (all American), Blackberry (Canadan), etc. Look at your ATM card again. You may already have your data with MasterCard and/or Visa. Grow up (wo)man.

        • Checkmate

          Nobody forced you to give data to facebook, goole etc, etc. That’s on a personal basis.

      • Nuel

        The problem with most analyst is ‘constructive criticism’. Most people don’t know the role master card is even playing. They just jump on SM and react. Mind you NIMC has the details and not MasterCard. Where MC comes in is to enable you transact any where in the world where MC is accpeted. We have bank accounts don’t we? We have MC enabled atm too.

    • concerned nigerian

      Since you mention other countries, i bet you can imagine interswitch on an american National ID card ? Even if interswitch was the best payment platform in the world it would never happen… Because serious countries have a thing called pride and take their brand seriously….tmrw McCain will call Goodluck “this one” and we will be complaining..how wont he? he will see your NATIONAL ID with his countries company on it….*FacePALM*

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    It quite unbelievable that Nigeria could produce a national identification cards issued to Nigerians with mastercard-logo?
    How could Nigeria leadership be so dumb,insensitive,incompetent,moronic and incapable?President Ebele Jonathan embarks on the National Identity Card scheme-fraud again in order to rake into his personal pocket billions of naira bribes involved in such fraudulent scheme.General I.B.B. tried his own and enriched himself,Chief Obasanjo tried and made his own funds from the scam and Ebele Jonathan too is raking his own get to rich quick fund-from national identity cards-fraud.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      ”How could Nigeria leadership be so dumb,insensitive,incompetent,moronic and incapable?”
      ARE YOU MD or PhD?

      • Bob Marley

        Yep. He’s M.D. And he’s got a PhD. He’s got more letters than the alphabet! Still…

        Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;

        None but ourselves can free our minds.

        Have no fear for atomic energy,

        ‘Cause none of them can stop the time.

        How long shall they kill our prophets,

        While we stand aside and look? Ooh!

        Some say it’s just a part of it:

        We’ve got to fulfil de book.

    • Huck231

      What is wrong with that?

    • Factual

      Why would you ever be surprised at the dumbness of the Dumbo and his cronies?

  • clairvoyance

    Ebola Ebola Ebola Jonathan for once can’t u reason with ur head, can one be this dumb, must everybody be a MasterCard slave what about a visa, unicredit and verve slave.

    • Huck231

      How many do you want to have on the ID?

  • WHAT??

    ARE U EFFING KIDDING ME? MASTERCARD KE!!! IT CANNT GET WORSE THAN THIS!!!

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      My aunty once bought a READING spectacle at TINUBU MARKET. She came home and called it ”DR: TINUBU”. Are you DR. TINUBU at TINUBU MARKET?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    But you all patronise Master cards and in doing that you divulge all your information to them. I think the problem was the transparency of the FG in publicly acknowledging that Mastercard will drive the payment segment of the card. The biometrics captured by the mobile telephone companies does not offend this protesters or do they know how their voice data is processed. Abeg make them give me chance, make I pass

    • Swansea

      The logo/branding nko? No pretend say u no know wetin we de yarn for here o..

      • BlackieUmukoro

        That is PPP in action (Public Private Partnership)
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • lol

    Imagine

  • Jujubeans

    How is it possible that members of the FEC sat done, discussed, and approved this but failed to see all the associated risks?? Ngozi and Segun especially, I don’t even bother mentioning Goodluck because he never has a clue but th

  • Gideon Orkar

    Well done GEJ for bringing this to life. But please have the logo removed asap!

  • uduakomiri

    Nigerians sef. If you do something good, they cry out, you do something bad they will still make noise. Haba. This national ID card thing with mastercard should be one of the best things to have come out of this administration. One good thing about it is that it will help Nigeria maintain a standard database of its citizens. It will also help make Nigeria a cashless society. It will make it more difficult for thieves and armed robbers to raid peoples houses for cash.
    But again, there are downsides to it. There are many Nigerians especially the political, religious and ethnic bigots, and of course some businesses who will not want this id card scheme to take off. The religious zealots will hide under some ignorant and ludicrous reasons to try to create suspicions within some religious groups in the country where ignorance is a staple food just to cripple the id card scheme. Politicians who win based on the size of their people (landmass rather than human population where cattle, donkeys, cow, sheep and goats are included in the census as humans) will obviously be alarmed at the possibility of losing the only advantage which guarantees them and their friends national positions rather than for the good of their people or the nation.
    There are also businesses who based on dodgy population figures are able to extract billions of naira from the Nigerian government for services and infrastructural projects based on faulty figures. With the ID card scheme, the government (assuming they even bother to do so) could easily identify people, who they transact with, who they are, their source of finance etc where national security issues are involved.
    On the issue of the silly fear about MasterCard logo, and US surveillance, most credit and debit card databases are encrypted. It is obvious that the people who express alarm may have genuine concerns but this is out of ignorance. Many of the people who talk about national security being at risk as a result of MasterCard involvement already use debit and credit cards issued by Nigerian banks many of these cards run on MasterCard payments (which Nigerians prefer because they could shop anywhere in the world with these) while the rest run on Visa payment systems. So this fear and concerns is more out of ignorance than logic.
    If Jonathan has done anything right of recent, this is one of them. He has succeeded where every other Nigerian president failed on the ID card scheme. Siemens and other European tech firms were initially given the contract years ago. They could not deliver. What many don’t know is that the US government has a backdoor ( or at least tries to establish one) on every strategic system in the world. They hacked German chancellor’s phone, something they must have done to prove a point because Germany is one of the most technology driven country in the world. The US has a well equipped listening and intercept post in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and other locations in Nigeria. It is up to the government to make it difficult to breach this database. But a government that cannot stand up to a ragtag band of criminals like Boko Haram surely will not be able to stand up to USA government paid hackers. Fingers crossed

    • Huck231

      The Northern elites do not want anything identity. No way.

      • Nigerian

        You are mistaken. Go through the comments here at least you will see some northerners comments in support of it and southerners who are oppose to it. The issue is not about north, south, west or east. It’s about national sovereignty.

    • Guguru

      Uduakomiri,

      Thank you. Nice assertions.

  • Sopulu

    Hypocrites. Enemies of progress. What logo do you have on your ATM card? According to Propaganda Times: “Nigerians expressed shock and fury,” “Many Nigerians raised the alarm.” It turns out those bleating are the same talkative lot who do not want ID card or proper census in Nigeria for Arewa sake. If the card is to serve a multiple purpose, Nigeria’s logo (prominently in the middle), MasterCard/Visa/Verve etc should rightly be included.

    • Huck231

      Nna don’t mind this Prem. Times. They are just fake. It is an ID; if you want to use it for money withdrawals na u sabi. The northerners do not want it. They just don’t want anything ID. Those guys are just crazy.

      • Nigerian

        Why are you so sentimental and bigoted? Don’t you see Northerners comments in support of the ID here and likewise Southerners opposing it.

    • concerned nigerian

      My ATM card is for a private institution, i have a choice of banks to use , foreign banks even…I have only one country. My ID should reflect My country and not hopeless ineptitude and dependency

  • Abdulmalik Mahdi

    Much ado about nothing…so you think if someone wants data on Nigerians they need to wait for MasterCard? Let the thing just work abeg, we would worry about security when we get there.

    • Enemona

      So they don’t need to gather it first, right. You think data comes from thin air. Ignorance is truly an ailment.

      • Abdulmalik Mahdi

        You do not have to resort to insults in a debate. Of course you need to gather the data. Whoever does that in Nigeria cannot secure it from the same fears we have now. At least now we know who has the data. The powers that be can hack into anything we can come up with anyway since it is their technology we are using.

        If you look at it from the point of view of financial inclusion then you would see the sense in it. Your ID card is beyond just identify. You should be able to derive more from it. All the MasterCard Logo is saying is that this is also a payment card accepted globally.

        80% of our population is unbanked. This will add value to their lives especially if seen together with biometric banking, mobile money and agency banking. People will also have access to subsidies e.g fertilizer which is now electronically disbursed directly to the farmers. Health care is heading that way too. NGO’s also disburse funds directly to beneficiaries using MasterCard now. Just to mention a few benefits.

        Now the issue of branding is just us blowing hot air. Na today we know say we be colonial vassal state? Data security? Oh please…the US can hack or buy the database any time they want. In any case the technology is not Nigerian and even the technical partners. So please let’s chill with this sovereignty matter. After all na International Passport we dry carry travel abroad not national ID card. The benefits far outweigh any branding issues. I pray that the scheme is allowed to succeed and is implemented with all sincerity of purpose by the Government.

  • GoodCitizen

    A national identity has a lot to do with sovereignty and national pride. National I D is a great idea but to be subjected to the direct scrutiny of a foreign company is unacceptable. Must you also buy things with your ID? The answer is capital NO. WHAT IS THE INTEREST OF BOTH MASTER CARD AND ACCESS BANK? What process led to the selection of the two? Why access and not another bank? All we are saying is give us ID card but don’t use us to make money for private companies. It is like having our on our national passport embossed logo of MTN. THE COLONIAL MENTALITY AND SLAVE MENTALITY MUST STOP. Any other smaller country in africa has excuse but not Nigeria. Let defend our national pride for once. Only a shameless people will need master card to bail them out when in need of a national ID. I am an ardent supporter of GEJ but on this one the government goofed big time. THE BEST DAMAGE CONTROL IS TO BOW TO THE WISH OF THE PEOPLE.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      The wish of the NIGERIAN PEOPLE is to be FORERUNNERS!!!!

    • uduakomiri

      Suggest a solution. What do you think will be the alternative? Award the contract to local contractors like the previous government did with Babalakin’s BiCourtney on one of the most important road projects in Nigeria which the company has spent years doing nothing. Maybe, we should have given the contract to more local tech companies who cant even build a properly functioning app. Sometimes we prefer to delude ourselves with all these ideal arguments which at best issue from our troubled imaginations because in the real world things work differently.
      Look at what is happening in the Nigerian military, generals in the army are the same people who are given blank cheques to procure weapons and kits for soldiers. You can see the results. Nigeria is often worse off when we entrust national assets with Nigerians than foreigners. NDDC, NEPA/PHCN, NIPOST, NITEL,NNPC and the like.
      Since MTN came to Nigeria everyone now has a phone and can go on the internet without even baiting an eyelid. If the infrastructure contract for masts, relay towers, undersea cables etc which are even more sensitive national security assets than a national id database, if these were given to local companies we would still be existing in a pre-1999 Nigeria in the 21st century.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        Do you really want foreigners to have access to your information to do as they please with it? I know we have corrupt people in Nigeria but corruption is global as well. Just because someone has a different skin color than you does not mean they can be trusted more. You should know that some of these foreigners hate Nigeria and Nigerians far more than any other group of Africans.

        • Tiny Tim

          Yes, you are so right when you write,”why merge a payment card with an Identification Card? With this that will remind you of the book of Revelation in the Bible”. And, because it could very well be just another manifestation of humanity’s future divinely predicted long ago, we who see these connections should acknowledge that there will be no stopping it — maybe delaying it, or renaming it, but it may very well come to pass, and not only for Nigeria!

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Yes and we may very well be the people who will see this happen.

        • uduakomiri

          Forget the book of revelation and all the church stuff. I guess you have a debit card, you have an account number what you don’t know is that your information as it is, is already in the hands of foreigners. You possibly have a twitter account, facebook, google, yahoo and maybe instagram. So the current gist about foreigners having your details to do as they please is fear hedged on ignorance. When you opened facebook, I bet you didn’t think twic giving out your details. While facebook server can be accessed by anyone with the right knowledge, a database like the national ID card is different. It could be stored offline and retrieved on command making it more difficult for hackers to access the details online. There is also this issue of encryption. Payment systems come layers of encryption. Adding mastercard to the Nigerian ID card possibly add better encryption layers to the card making it more secure.
          The issue here is that the need and use for the ID card to national security far outstrips the drawbacks. As for your concern for what is said in revelation, maybe you should close your facebook account, your bank account, if your work you should resign because your employers have your details and could use it to fulfil what was said in revelation, and remember to sit at hope and pray fervently and sing praises too.
          Trust Nigerians, we mix religion and politics together in the most ludicrous manner just to make a silly point a child wouldnt

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I don’t have a facebook account to start with. Next, your debit card and credit cards are optional in many places in the world. Here in the Nigerian case, it would soon become a requirement. Third, since it is required, control of finances of the people will be centralized under corporations and corporations are becoming the next government in the world. It is not like that these are domestic corporations running this. Lastly, these things will start out as a good thing to keep track of people in the event of terrorism for instance or reducing armed robberies. New problems will then arise from this which will soon require more centralized control. This idea may glitter but not all that glitters is gold.

          • uduakomiri

            I bet you live in a country where everything works yet every time someone wants to change things for the better in Nigeria people come up with all sorts of backward reasons and superstition.
            Maybe you should hide at home and wait for revelation to come true. Or better still wait for God to come down from the sky to build Nigeria.
            What about America, Russia,UK, and China who have large databases nko? Why are they not thinking about revelation? These countries have some of the biggest corporations yet that’s where many Nigerians run to. If you can afford to fly a relative tp these places you definitely would yet it is someone that built these places.
            We are not only backward in the way we do things in Nigeria but also the way we think it is just so unreal.
            I guess God will be horrified in our version of superstitious christianity because he said in Genesis “Go ye into the world and subdue the earth”

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            If there were databases that were domestically run and regulated it would be better. In this case it is MasterCard that will be getting the data of the Nigerian people. Also, you don’t find it strange that they are mixing debit/credit cards with your identification card? Should they not be separate just as it is in the U.S. or Russia? I wonder why what I said registers as superstition to you?

          • uduakomiri

            What do you mean the database is run by MasterCard? You are again talking out of assumptions. MasterCard supplies the payment portion of the ID card, while the main tech firm/contractor responsible for the ID card scheme supplies the hardware/software and of course the infrastructure required for the database to function. You have to understand the supply chain involved in this project, the procurement process and of course the logistics needed to understand that MasterCard is only a portion of the entire project.
            This is why I say a lot of people speak out of ignorance on something they don’t even understand and it is not just in Nigeria even across Europe and America people make laughable declarations and generalizations based on their limited knowledge of the issue involved.
            You have to realise that there is no way MasterCard will run the ID card database considering the fact they are not the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), nor the vendor for the software that will run on the database, they are not also the supplier of any of the equipment to run on the infrastructure in the same way they are not the initiator of the project, again MasterCard would not have provided the capital outlay required to implement the project. Thus the participation of MasterCard in the project is just the payment option. It would have been suggested to the Nigerian government of course by our own experts from a combination of agencies mainly Finance ministry, CBN and NIMC to make the card more attractive and useful to Nigerians by incorporating a MasterCard payment option. This is just to make the ID card more utilitarian in nature than surrendering the entire database to them.
            In all the responsibility for managing the database lies with the Federal government and the agency with the statutory authority to maintain the database in NIMC. I have taken the time to explain this to use to show you how ignorance creates the fear of the unknown.
            If you look at many of the infrastructural projects in Nigeria and many other countries, the equipment vendor, the OEM, suppliers, contractors, software manufacturers are at least 95 per cent foreign example are the old Nitel telephone exchange in the country, the communication frequencies/bands, Globacom’s fibre optics infrastructe, MTN relay station, masts etc these were all supplied by foreign firms but then the infrastructure and equipment are managed/run in-country.
            If there is any possible breach of the database now or in the future, it will be up to the level of security architecture, the quality of maintenance, personnel built around the database.
            The most plausible way of breaching the database is human error, or where a foreign spy agency, hackers groups already have a backdoor code to the software/equipment run on the database. Russian mafia are known to regularly breach the most formidable organisations in America and Europe in same way Chinese PLA Unit 61398 is known to infiltrate firms in America, UK and Europe to steal commercial blueprints.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Doesn’t MasterCard have to have your information to administrate the payment system? I would think so. Also, this is the big issue here, why does the payment system have to be merged with one’s proof of identification?

          • uduakomiri

            I guess they Nigerian government might have listened to suggestions from people inside CBN. It could also be down to the fact that a lot of Nigerians find it hard to have the standard issue cards in Nigeria accepted by most major retailers especially online. The only widely accepted cards issued by Nigerian banks online (overseas) and at home are those with MasterCard payment system.
            In a way, it could have been the reason because what a lot of people don’t understand is that to sustain Nigeria’s economic growth the government wants people to spend more money especially within Nigeria. In that sense, the only way to do it is to promote the card payment systems by all means because it is faster, more secure, carries lower levels of risk in terms of loss and theft. As you already know, you can order anything online these days at the click of a button.
            This ID card scheme carries that same forward thinking ideas we have seen in some of the policies of the last CBN governor and I think maybe the government (Okonjo Iweala is still there even though Sanusi is gone) continuing in the line considering the economic and social benefits to be had.

          • uduakomiri

            Yes MasterCard will have your details to process the payment, but they wont have say your fingerprint details, or Iris scan as those biometric details will not be necessary to process your payments. Again you have to be aware that for the fact you are given the ID card doesn’t necessarily mean you will be on a MasterCard payment system because you can opt not to go along with that option.
            Why I say this is, if Mr A is issued the National ID card but already has £5000 in a First Bank account, the fact he has the ID card doesn’t mean he will opt to move his funds onto the ID card. Mr B might choose to explore that option because he requires a payment system that is widely accepted or someone else might take the option because they simply need one or feel confident because the government is involved. Either way, Mr A or B would still have to further activate that option. There is also a second possibility which is more likely, and that is what the NIMC needs to explain. The national ID card could be loaded with an XYZ amount of cash just like loading a recharge card on your phone and then you can spend it and then reload again when you want. In that case you don’t necessarily need to open an account. This option possibly works like the mobile money or Barclays Pingit (if you have heard of any of these systems, if not google is your friend). In any of these situations, MasterCard will only have a limited access/control of the overall database as well as your details. They will only have enough information (just like on a normal bank card) to authenticate and process payments, disburse funds from the source (card) and or load cash onto the card.
            Clearly from all of the above scenarios the ID card offers Nigerians quite a lot of cashless options without the hassle associated with opening a bank account. The point is, Nigerians would sweat to obtain a MasterCard issued/supported bank card but with the ID card scheme it is just there for the taking, easy yes because government has struck some kind of understanding/deal with MasterCard to guarantee that option.
            Sometimes when we find things easy, we often become suspicious because as Nigerians we are not used to having things easy.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Maybe moving funds to the ID card will be optional for the time being but I am sure it will be mandatory later. These things will move in phases. With public transportation, there was a time where people used cash to pay their fares. Then a few years ago, they introduced RFID chip cards that you can load and pay your fare. This was an optional thing. When you paid in cash, you used to get a transfer pass that is good for about two hours. Today, they no longer give those passes and you must pay each time you get on a bus that is unless you pay with the card. They use that to ultimately force more people to use the RFID cards. I predict that they will become absolutely mandatory years down the road. Expect this to be a gradual process in Nigeria as well.

          • uduakomiri

            Mandatory? You seem to mix a biblical paranoia with anything that relates with the national ID card scheme possibly because some fake miracle pastor has been telling your church that these things are for the anti-Christ.
            Like I told you before, it might be better for you to just stay at home, hide, and wait for the anti-Christ. The Israelites waited for 400 years from the time of Daniel till the coming of Christ, they were of course reading the holy books but they never got to understand the prophesy.
            When what is written in revelation would happen, if it has not already been going on, you will not even know…
            I think you are following the wrong version of Christianity. If you truly have faith in Christ, you should never be worried about the anti-Christ because the Lord will reveal these things to those He loves when the time comes.
            Jehovah’s witnesses having been saying for years that the end is near, perhaps in the next 300 years they would still be saying the same time for the Bible said : For that hour, no one knows not even the Son of Man’

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I am just stating trends and I have seen. This is where this is going sir.

          • uduakomiri

            How do you know? You can at least enlighten us. Maybe we could draw from your insights on this. Share the information.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I will use the insurance industry in the United States. Automobile insurance was encouraged in the society and pushed in the 1950’s and 60’s. It was in the 1970’s that it was soon required by law otherwise you cannot drive. That sounds like you have a choice but the problem is that most U.S. cities have a rather poor public transportation system so you are almost required to have a car. That is one of the reasons why the U.S. has the highest automobile ownership rate in the world. Health insurance was the same. Just this year, you are now required by law to have health insurance. It was not this way last year or previous years. My point is that choice to go with or without has disappeared or been made as unattractive as possible. Credit/debit cards have become required forms of payment with some merchants in some parts of the country. The Nigerian case may begin with choice but over time, it will become a requirement set forth by the government.

          • uduakomiri

            I understand where you are coming from. But remember there is no government policy without a hidden side to it. This is the reality of the real world. Every thing in life has its benefits and its downsides too. But the question on the issue of the national ID card is: Do the benefits accruable to Nigerians far outstrip its drawbacks?
            If the answer is yes, depending what is collectively seen as its benefits then it is worth it. I’m sure the government would not agree to invest millions of dollars on this project if they think it has no use.
            Just think about how this could help not just on the issue of security but planning in such areas as schools, hospitals, housing, and infrastructure because there is the possibility of converting the details into a real time geographic data. The ID database can easily, if all the details are accurate, identify individuals say in an accident, identify corpses in such situations by of course using the details captured, or even the card on the individual.
            The scheme can be put to good use if the people in charge have the brains to do so but in the same way it has a million and one benefits, it could easily be abused by a devious government or official

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            One of these days we could wind up with corrupt government people running this and they will be in an even more powerful position than they ever have been.

      • concerned nigerian

        The reason why people steal like you highlighted is because the leaders are thieves as well and everyone will get away with it…. This is not even about the idea, it is more about the inferiority complex that blinds our leaders to how shameful this is. 1) you do not need to pay with your ID 2) local companies like interswitch are payment providers. 3) Even if you outsource the production of these cards, must they be branded with mastercard…..was pocket moni and paga built and owned by foreigners…lets not languish in mediocrity cause our leaders have created an environment for mediocrity to thrive

  • Comfortkay

    I do know if anything good has come out of this PDP led government.

  • Faithful

    Identification card without self address is incomplete……

  • Spoken word

    Look at the inferiority complex of our leaders.when will we have leaders that really believe in this country and promote nigeria and Nigerians.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      DO you have the COMPETENCE to build a secure DATABASE?

      • Maria

        What does it take to build a secure database? Rocket science in 21st century? Do you even know what database is?

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          ROcket SCIENCE is is only a bay of a secure DATABASE nowadays. Yes, I know ABSOLUTELY what it takes to build a secure DATABSE. ALL the NECESSARY ALGORITHYMS are PATENTED!!!

          • Maria

            What algorithms… can you mention one? Sorry, you don’t even know how to spell algorithm correctly… yet you make noise.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Thanks for the typo correction. It is sad that you do not know that there are different levels of information security. DO YOU KNOW WHAT the symbol TM means?

          • Easy

            It means TAME the MUMU.

          • Enemona

            Wrong answer! It means “Typical mugu”

          • Easy

            No, It is THINK MORE mr. Mumu.

          • Maria

            Hahahahahahahahaahahahaha!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            There are people that speaks INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE!! Tell me your level of education, then, I shall explain what it means to you.

          • okwu

            This card has different security clearance for the different operators involve. Access bank in conjuction with mastercard will have the security clearance to access the datas a bank will need for a normal account openings and banking transactions. The police and security services will have a more detailed security clearance to access more of our personal information according to their responsibities and ranks. The custom, Tax office, INEC, Health insurance office will only have acces to the infornation they need. Access bank and mastercard are in it for financial inclussions to swell Nigerias formal econonic activities. We have the same in Austria. Its called Burger or citizens card.
            Nigerians, esspecially APC leaning yorubas and hausa fulanis should stop being ass holes. They have been in power for over 5 decades and only succeeded in turning our country into a giant shit hole.
            Hail GEJ

          • rosicky

            @okwu..you’ve just put it right. Most of is don’t know what you’ve just explained. Are you part of the committee or you just thought that it would be like that of Australia? A similar thing obtains in Malaysia but being handled by an INDEGINEOUS company, can you tell us if that of Australia is being managed by mastercard or visacard. No one will say it’s not a great idea but the grudge is that a great thought wasn’t put into it. That’s why you do feasibility studies before commencing any project. Maybe NIMC should come out and shed more lights on this topic so as to create the right awareness. We are not in stone age that some1 would just force stuffs down our throat…right thing is to explain stuffs to your citizens and clear their doubts.
            Lastly, as good as your write up is, you decided to blemish it with abuse on yorubas and hausas..you’re being tribalistic their my bro.if none of these pple voted for GEJ he wouldn’t have been d president. ..or are you insinuating that he rigged? Policies are meant to be criticised, so as to make it stronger. We aren’t dummies. Even Obama had problems with his healthcare and immigration policies but he found a way to thrash it out.

          • okwu

            The question is from where did you get the idea that the data’s are or will be managed by MasterCard? The banks that has people’s data and issues some of it’s customers MasterCard, does it means that MasterCard manages the bank data system? MasterCard only has the data which the banks gives to it and nothing more. In these case the FG take our data’s from your school to medical records, to your relations, religion, criminal records, tribe and what have you. Thee banks only gets your; address, names, sex, credit worthiness and thing pertaining to the safety of there transactions with you. The banks will get full authorization to issue MasterCard card to all people.
            The involvement of Access bank and MasterCard has more to do with financial inclusion of the populace, although one is bound to ask why Access bank and MasterCard. why not first, UBA and Visa or Maestro cards.
            My real concern is that they don’t dis virgin Nigerians in credit buying. They should not allow people withdraw more than in there account except for business. If they allow Nigerians credit for shopping, Nigerians will think it’s free money and like Europeans will spend the whole credit in one month and will spend years working to pay interest and principal to the western financers of matercard. owned.

        • special@dviser

          I think it is a big mistake that infringes on security and sovereignty.

      • Spoken word

        Obviously you are failure and a failed Nigerian. people like you believe something from nigeria can never be good.the govt spends all our money to get foreigners to do what we can do.when will we grow as a country if foreigners do everything. Wake up from your slumber my friend.

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          A Simple question requires a simple ANSWER. DO YOU HAVE THE COMPETENCE TO BUILD A SECURE DATBASE?

          • Spoken word

            ???????

          • Spoken word

            Bloody illiterate.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            I can read and I can write. So, I am not an illiterate. WHAT DO YOU CALL A MAN THAT HAS NO SENSE LIKE YOU?

          • Maria

            O boy…. you are a failure… you dont know what you are talking about… that makes you an illiterate.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            No, you are the SENSELESS one. LOOK UP THE DEFINITION of ILLITERATE in your DICTIONARY!!

          • Spoken word

            Obviously you are looking in the mirror.

          • Emsirs Ahmad

            Yes try our brilliant software engineers

      • special@dviser

        Nigerians can do that easily it is a very simple thing to do.

  • Jossy

    Incredible!. Who advised the president to accept this nonsense?

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      INTELLIGENT PEOPLE not selfish EXPLOITERS of their own SIBLINGS!!

      • absam777

        Intelligent Money worshiping Ibo presidency?

  • Umar Adam

    Let them do what they like, and for those that are fools who don’t even know their country, northern Nigeria is far above their expectations.
    When ever I hear some one saying that word of eliteracy I easily become irritated, as a citizen and as somebody who want to be discussing national issues on truthful basis should know things right before talking about them.
    Whoever is saying on census days they are counting cows,donkiest,goats and sheeps as human beings doesn’t know or he is just a selfish somebody.
    Who are the people counting? are they not sensible enough to differentiat between human and animals?
    or is it because of their tribal and ethnicity behavior they speak such?………
    “Let us know that all these kind of habits wouldn’t take us to desired destination, what is best for us is live and love do justice no matter how bitter it is”.
    Is Allah joined us together as one nation,and everything has time,maybe just maybe we may separate tomorrow as different country,”that time we may realize the goodness of our togetherness while is late”.

    • Enemona

      I’m sorry sir but this is off-topic. Sir, I did not insult you o.

      • Umar Adam

        Don’t worry it may be off-topic,but most of the commentators wrote what I discussed.
        Mark you I said for those that said that,is not an answer to the whole topic of discussion, may be is because of the way I put it ,thanks.

        • stino

          are you okay? what is this malu saying???stino

          • Shehu

            He is saying that you people that always say that cows, goats, sheep are counted as human beings on census day are as daft and dumb as the animals. That’s all!

          • Umar Adam

            I wrote for those that have a sense of understanding, not for some one like you whose heart is occupied with ethnicity and tribalism.
            Have you ever heard maLu talking?if not because of.what fill your mind.

  • Enemona

    I won’t take that card and nobody should try to force me.

    • Umar Adam

      Take with good faith,it is going to be important henceforth.
      Because there may be somethings you may want to do or some places you may want to go which they wouldnt accept any means of identification except that “you how government do their things”.

  • Guguru

    This is a great idea. Nigeria needs an organization that can ensure data integrity. All the lies and corruption will be a thing of the past because mastercard will be able to track the illegal Nigerian activities. Mr President, bravo!

  • Dan maikoko

    There is nothing like a secure database in the world today. Nigerians can accept the reality that an American entity with international connections will produce their ID cards, or a sub-contractor that works for another sub-contractor that ultimately works for the American entity will be awarded the contract that may end up like all other contracts with no IDs and no money.

  • Guguru

    Those who are outraged about this service have to also tell us why they also allow banks to issue Mastercard credit cards in Nigeria too. There is absolutely no difference between a credit card and this card.

    • Dan maikoko

      We know its too late, our data and other personal information is on some private companies database or another. What we are saying is why use fire to brand a slave in the age of biometrics, GPS and electronic footprints? Why does it have to be obvious? So Nigeria cannot even pretend that it knows what it is doing?

      • Guguru

        Why do you encourage Nigeria to engage in acts of deception? Why don’t you allow the work to be done by the best and brightest? Do you have any solid Nigerian firm that can provide the services Master card provides for Nigeria? In the absence of any real and lasting alternative, why the complaints?

        • Sincerely Yours

          Why must it be branded? Cant we just have a normal ID? Jonathan does not need this controversy. Why not brand our drivers license and international passport while at it. A credit or debit card isn’t the same as a national ID card. That is our national pride.

          • Guguru

            If Mastercard did the work, why should it not be branded? What if branding makes the cost of the cards cheaper than without branding?

          • special@dviser

            The job could be outsourced to mastercard for development but to brand a national id with a private logo is really ridiculous. It infringes on national security and sovereignty. Whoever thought to use national ID as a payment card could have used a master data model where payment cards issuers like visa or mastercard or any nigerian brand can use it as a unique and valid source of identity verification and enrol those who choose to use their payment card. while the government cant have access all payment card that a given id owner enrols in, but this model is surely deficient and ridiculous

          • Guguru

            What does it infringe on again?

          • special@dviser

            Just read again

        • Dan maikoko

          You dont understand me, I am not complaining. Give MasterCard all our data, let them do whatever they want with it but please remove that logo.

          • Guguru

            Why does the logo bother you?

          • Factual

            Nigerians are a different kind of people that’s why they are doing things differently. Dubious people!

        • pheliciti

          Chams, for example would do the same perfectly

        • Chiluba

          Guguru you are really drunk in gej whiskey that you have lost reason. How can a country surrender and leads its people to such a high stakes scam in the world of over scrutiny, identity theft and depravation of private security and liberties? We should at least pretend to be independent and our national ID card shall reflect so…not some pay check of some Zionist cum imperialist mega corp.

          • Guguru

            Do you mind pointing to the scam or are you really hallucinating this evening?

  • iaminspired

    1) Even the smallest countries in Africa would not have their NATIONAL!!! ID card branded, much more by an American coy (Swoden was still in Russia last time I checked).
    2) How much could they have paid for the publicity millage?, that we’ve forever branded the country with MASTERCARD?.

    3) If this was for Economic advantage, was there competitive bidding?, how many companies were invited to bid?.
    4) Would this be suggesting that an American coy will manage our Database?. Whatever the cost of setting up a national Database, don’t the Govt know the security implication of this?. Before you mention competence, they would not employ angels to do manage it, we have the competencies!!!

    4) What if I work for Visacard?

    5) Whats Access Bank role in all this?.
    … I can imagine someone collecting brokerage from MasterCard for every card issued, election is next year!!!.
    Deris God oooooo.

    • Rapuokwu

      Lazy man! Ideas rule. If a company comes forward with an idea, you expect that business proposal to be thrown open or rather stolen by some amala-eating, know it all, loud-mouthed lay about.

  • Ahmad

    A beg where redeem na? Him brother come blunder again (true to type) and he no come heap blame and abuse on hausa/Fulani Muslims. Abi bar man no gree giv am drink on credit today?

    • Nigerian

      Don’t mind that insane ogogoro drunkard called redeem. But you will see him appearing with his usual stuff.

  • ebifork jones

    The highest level of financial illiteracy is being peddled here in the name of national security. What security? At a time the entire naira notes were printed abroad and shipped here – there was no security concern then? Up till this moment your entire oil revenue is collected and paid into American banks – there is no security concern? How can there be a security concern when MasterCard by the very nature of its operation serves only as a payment gateway? Your account is held in a Nigerian bank that is connected to that payment gateway. The channel interrogates your account for balance and mandate and either pays or declines to pay…that is how simple it can be explained. Your biometrics is held by NIMC. How does that compromise your almighty “National security”? You think you know better than the consultants who worked on the project? Do you have details of the transaction? Nigerians, Nigerians, Nigerians!!! you know too much!!!! If you do not have better things to talk about, just shut your trap, ask questions and be informed.

    • zygote

      the question you should ask your sick mind is why should Nigerians case be different? Which country has a visa or mastercard logo on their national id? You are speaking payment gateway English, you think Nigerian consultants are better than their counterpart in other countries. You are sick!

      • True Nigerian Peppersoup

        Ebifork obviously thinks he is smart. The trouble is that a huge chunk of Nigeria’s “educated” voters are like Ebifork. If this country were left in their hands, Obasanjo would be enjoying his 4th term in office by now, and they would be telling the rest of us to look at the roads baba constructed. They would also tell us off by reminding us that we do not know better than the legislators and partymen who voted to extend Baba’s tenure.

        The first time Jonathan muted his utterly ridiculous and insincere idea of 7-year single tenure, the likes of Ebifork were everywhere asking us to either show them evidence that the man does not mean well for us or shut up. We told them how strange it is that in a burning country (boko haram bombing campaigns had reached a new height at the time), a president cannot make a single 7-year tenure his greatest priority and the first issue he would deal with after an election. Again, they responded by telling us how daft we were because we do not have any evidence that the president wants to benefit from the useless idea.

        Ebifork’s type are all over the country and they are heading some of the most sensitive institutions of state. That is why a Supreme Court would look at the humongous fraud that Nigerians know as 2007 election and then arrive at the strange conclusion that the fraud was indeed great, but that there was not a sufficient reason to stop the beneficiaries of fraud from enjoying the value of the fraud.

        Ebifork’s type will also tell us that fuel subsidy removal was the greatest thing to ever happen to Nigeria. And they back it up by telling us to show them that we are more educated than our Harvard trained Finance Minister or shut up our “traps” as Ebifork put it. As educated as they think they are, they are not smart enough to know that in any other country, the way to remove fraud from a system is to remove the fraudsters rather than removing the benefits of the victims of the fraud. Such useless, shameless, poor thinking parading itself as superior intelligence.

        If Ebifork were a German in 1939, he would be asking his compatriots to prove that they know better than all of Hitler’s consultants or shut their trap. He thinks that the word “consultant” obviates or invalidates the words “ethics, public interest, sincerity, personal interest, and common sense”. Therefore he thinks that a consultant cannot put his wages and personal interests above public interest. Such is the reasoning that Ebifork considers to be more intelligent than the reasoning of the rest of us. Utter rubbish!

        • Jeffries

          All this epistle for Ebifork’s intelligent intervention? You need help!

    • Bob Marley

      “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
      None but ourselves can free our minds.
      Have no fear for atomic energy,
      ‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
      How long shall they kill our prophets,
      While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
      Some say it’s just a part of it:
      We’ve got to fulfil de book.”
      Yes, Sir!

      • shamsideen

        … A quote from a brain soaked in Ganja!
        Really dude.

    • adewale

      thanks so much for this sum nigerians are so gullible. they playing the propaganda of sum anti gej forces. sabotage all over.

    • Advocate

      Mr. Jones, I was reading through the comments here and didn’t feel the urge to add my opinion since that’s all it is, people’s opinion. I was however touched when I read your contribution. Your write up displayed an acceptable level of education, but arrant ignorance. First, you posed the question, “what security?” and it made me wonder if you realize the age and time we live in. What has financial literacy has to do with national security and sovereignty
      and how does it relate to the issue of national identity which is the crux of the matter? Is Access Bank the only financial institute in Nigeria?

      You also said, “How can there be a security concern when MasterCard by the very nature of its operation serves only as a payment gateway? Your account is held in a Nigerian bank that is connected to that payment gateway” When has MasterCard become the central banking institute for Nigeria and even if it were, why would Nigerians be forced to maintain a common account database?

      Unfortunately, your comment ended like that of a half educated person who pose open ended questions that they do not have answers to. You said, “You think you know better than the consultants who worked on the project? Do you have details of the transaction?” so, do you?

      was also really moved by your last statement asking contributors to “shut your trap, ask questions and be informed.” What?

      • Paul Jasper

        It is so unfortunate that in the quest to pass comments, people vomit anything that comes out of their mouths.
        Ask this chap for his wallet and you will find 3 MasterCards, 3 Visa and 2 Verve. Yet he has the nerve to talk about what he has little inkling about.

  • Sincerely Yours

    The question to ask is, does America, Matercard’s home country have this or any logo on their Green Card? Neither does Britain on their national insurance or social security cards. As long as having a national ID card is not compulsory, I will keep on identifying myself with my drivers licence and international passport. Why we do not do things right in this country beggars belief. Come next year, when a new govt comes in, and suspends this anomaly, people will call it witch hunting. Who talked jonathan into accepting this?, and the jonathan who agreed to this, must have his head examined.

    • zygote

      which Jonathan? At what point did Jonathan ever seem like a man with a sane mind?

      • adewale

        ur head correct so?

      • kick ’em out

        Right!

    • Rapuokwu

      Do Americans use the green card as a cash card? Do Americans mistrust customers paying with card? What is the problem with using a cash card which carries the picture of the card owner? You complaining lot are the same gang of cultists, fraudsters, illegal immigrants that damage Nigeria’s image because of your criminal activities abroad.

      • True Nigerian

        Rapuokwu, your argument is just as good as that one which usually says, if you are afraid of nnothing and has nothing to hide, then you should have no concerns about having your details and privacy invaded through unlawful, extreme invasive surveillance.

        People are saying that something is wrong and unjust, and an “intelligent” person is telling them that if they have nothing to hide, they should have no concerns about having their rights violated. How “intelligent” or
        “st*pid” does that sound to you?

        • eBusinesz

          We have to start somewhere. we need Identity anyhow!. we will customize later.

          • tolay

            How are u being for this job you are doing

      • eBusinesz

        Agree

      • ACTION MAN

        Why shd govt force me to use mastercard when my choice is visa or verve? Govt shd not promote unfair competition. however the main points you have missed is the question of National SECURITY and SOVERIGNTY.

      • Jasper Paul

        I taya o my broda. He clearly knows little about these things else he would know that an American citizen does not carry a Green Card.
        Too much visa lottery clouds our visibility!!!

  • aaa

    Sure, our leaders of today are just bunch of mediocres whose show of stupidity and incompetence knows no bounds. Sometim es u wonder if the C in C gets temporary black outs when he approves such things. I absolutely refuse to believe he does all these things with a straight head. Just when u think he has portrayed it all, he comes up with something even worse. Another four years of these mediocres in power is going to be suicidal. If only Nigerians could be courageous enough to embark on a soul search mission to find out what we got it wrong to deserve such morons as leaders in the 21st century. If we could have the likes of Awo, Zik, Balewa, Sardauna, etc in d 60’s, definitely, something must have gone wrong along d way for us to find ourselves where we are today after 5 decades. May Allah save us from them and their mediocrity.

    • Bob Marley

      “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;

      None but ourselves can free our minds.

      Have no fear for atomic energy,

      ‘Cause none of them can stop the time.

      How long shall they kill our prophets,

      While we stand aside and look? Ooh!

      Some say it’s just a part of it:

      We’ve got to fulfil de book.”

      • Umar Adam

        yeah!!!
        that is the answer,I like it “good thinking”

    • adewale

      drink indocid and go bac to the 60s my frnd. when obj was thr all u pples complain is jst a joke….

    • Guttersense

      It is quite clear that the foundation for this mediocrity was laid by Ibrahim Babangida also known as IBB. It was consolidated by a freshly out of prison Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo during his second coming was out to avenge his earlier imprisonment and the failure of his 3rd Term plot. He therefore decided to unleash unto us this calamitious dispensation that has driven us to the brink. But diaris God.

    • frank kossi

      We Nigerians are the most ungratefull people on earth, b4 u had no identity, now u have one you are complaining. if u dont have anything to hide why are u afraid of ur informations.

  • special@dviser

    I think it is a big mistake that infringes on security and sovereignty. How can you even consider giving the national ID a private co-brand

  • u know what to do

    It’s just unfortunate that all this is happening to this country. Considering the wealth of this nation nothing stop her from inviting all the software experts in diaspora to come home and do the same great job they are doing to build other country. My take is, when u refuse to appreciate what u have others who value it will take the advantage of your lack of appreciation of those things. I have heard of countries that sends their citizens abroad to study and tells them ” when u are done with your studies, come home and we will pay u equivalent of what u will be paid abroad. That isciuntey with a future. But ours is to eat it all

    • eBusinesz

      if we wait for that we would not move forward. lets start somewhere. we firstly need an Identity then we will customize it. we need know who are Nigerians and our correct population

      • you know what to do

        I agree with u as regards identity but do u know that until an individual realised his/ her faults, working out of it might not be visible. My question will be, what time is the best time? Do we even have a plan on ground for that kind of thing. I know we have an overwhelming issues but what are we doing to work out of it. World power didnt wake up one day and find themself there, they have the plan, work the plan and achieve their goal.

  • True Nigerian

    When I read this on BBC yesterday, I shivered at the st*pidity of what we have as leaders in Nigeria. Jonathan and his advisers are the dumbest and the most daringly st*pid in Nigeria’s history. I mean, how could anyone not see the danger, the st*pidity, the madness, the risk, the senselessnes in this whole idea and process?

    INEC could work together with NIMC to arrive at the same outcome, but the government couldn’t think of that. Nigeria has many respected IT gurus working for foreign governments and multinationals. If you ask just 7 of them to come together and solve this problem for Nigeria in a way that serves the best interests of the country, you will get an outstanding result. But, again, Nigeria’s yeye government leaders won’t think of that? Does Master card have to go into Nigeria by submerging our national sovereignty into their business? Why is Nigeria so cursed with leaders that make such horrible decisions and a people that make such horrible leaders look intelligent?

    The last time I checked, US-based credit card companies like Mastercard have been hacked several times (perhaps by their own national security intelligence) and the details of millions of people were stolen for a purpose that is yet to be unravelled. To date, nothing has come out of it. Facebook, Twitter, MS, Google, etc are all petrified by the invasive extreme surveillance and violation of privacy which their own country has become addicted to.

    Whilst European courts and governments are busy pushing away from the invasive surveillance addiction in the US, Nigeria is literally and happily handing its own sovereignty and the details of all of her citizens to a foreign company (country) which will have to hold and handle those details under the laws of their own home country as against the laws of Nigeria; that is, if we still have any laws.

    In no other country would a government remain popular after these serial national and international embarrassments. So it is probably harsh, but very fair, to say that Nigeria is a country of mostly st*pid people. If you don’t like that impression, do something about it with your vote. This madness and unthinking decision-making has got to stop for good. It is offensive. I mean, which other country in the world would permit the sensitive details of their own citizens to be held under the laws of another country? Just name one such country. That should tell you how st*pid and useless the brains of government have become under Jonathan. And Nigerians think they are punishing someone else by giving such government more time to ruin their lives and their country.

    • eBusinesz

      if you have an ATM then ur information is also assumed public

      • abu

        My dear having an ATM is by choice u can’t be force to have an ATM. U can have a bank account without an ATM, even if you want have an ATM u have a choice for which bank and wich type. Besides, the data we have in the banks is quite different from the one we have in National ID.

        • Heisenberg

          Dear Abu. Point of Correction. The payment applet is OPTIONAL. You DO NOT have to activate it. So if you do not wish to use the payment features, when you go to pick up your card, you simply decline to activate the payment part. Shikena. It is very unfortunate that we have journalists who spread lies and falsehood in the name of press freedom.
          You also have the option of waiting for the first 13 million cards to be issued to Nigerians. Then you can choose Verve if you wish. The only reason you have the MasterCard logo on the Card is because only they took the project seriously. I assure you that now both Visa and Verve are banging on the doors of NIMC to join the bandwagon.
          Why should the average Nigerian who does not own a Bank account not be able to transact financial business in this our cashless society?
          Fact: The MasterCard MCHIP4 applet will optionally be available on the FIRST 13 million Cards. I repeat, the Cardholder reserves the right NOT to activate this applet.
          Fact: Verve, a Nigerian entity will participate after the first 13 million Cards
          Fact: No foreign company , Government or organisation has access to the Nigerian National Database
          Fact: MasterCard has no business with your phone number, your home address or your biometrics. Otherwise you should first hold the Banks accountable!

          I wish we would get our fact straight. Most of the comments posted here, starting with the story are mired in assumptions and outright falsehoods.

          • Anonymous11443

            Shut up,liar.

    • Onimisi

      can u just comment without insulting your PRESIDENT?

  • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

    The Bible said they will cause everyone to take the mark. The more reason why we were forced to go to school and study so hard for years then come out without jobs for many years just to increase our crime rate. Yet the same Nigerians hate one another like some people are showing here without even knowing who you are hating or abusing all in the name of been in support of the ID card scheme or against it. Do you all not read your Holy Bible to know how the end will come? All the major corporations of the world are owned by the elite who have an agenda to bring to birth the “new age” or New world order which the Bible Prophesy has warned us followers of CHRIST to never partake in so when GOD will cause the strong delusion 2 Thess 2:11 upon man we would be safe. All the world “Elite” leaders need Africa which is why you see so many disease outbreak here and there, high crime rate, ethnic wars, religious extremism and many satanic plots to cause panic across the continent thereby inviting our leaders for so many African leaders conference just to pass the policies needed to help them put us in bondage of the Govt just like this ID card with one of the Corps owned by the elite. Didn’t you all know that has happened in Nigeria since we moved into democracy is an agenda that’s been closely monitored and policed by the Elites of this world. The Banks merging, refineries never put to work, huge investment of many foreign companies into Nigeria, large/increase in alcohol market in nigeria since the last 10yrs, increased funds from America even when they themselves are in debt (50% of all americans are in debt to an unseen entity), they have never contributed to help reform our police yet they are the most popular notorious torn on the masses flesh since they were birth (they want our police to be useless us), increase in merging with our artiste and artist to promote promiscuity with child disobedience in homes through music/hero movies, fix people in jobs that takes them out to separate the home, many small Oil companies are been swallowed by the big ones now (they always use the word “merger”) many more I can count in details. I just can’t keep typing all here.The fact is that, they want all the fishes is one big pond so they can control. The truth though is that this ID is just part of the scheme that will allow only those who will accept the anti christ to buy and sell in years soon to come. If you read your Bible well, it says in Rev 13:18 “Here
    is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the
    beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred
    threescore and six..”

    All we need is just chaos like they are causing all around the world and they still need is all your info in one data under one huge Corp that controls all the world population’s spending to be able to control what you do and what you don’t. If you ever thought no one knows you then you must be deceiving yourself cause the world is been watched and played like a poker card just like all the leaders in Africa are puppets ( which explains we know they are criminals and the western world knows this yet gives them more $billions yearly). That’s why they got rid all the dictators in every country by stirring up a need for war in those country because with Democracy, countries will be enslaved in disguise. Even the American leaders are chosen, not voted, it sounds crazy but true. They are all in the same Occult whether each current and passed president with their running mates passed. You all need to wake up and stop this Jibes at each-other now. Embrace the word of GOD and Love each-other from your heart as CHRIST demands, show your Muslim brothers that JESUS loves them also which is why he gave the parable of the Wealthy man son’s feast. They are all invited to the body of Christ to be saved as there is a great revolution going on in all Arab nations for some years, JESUS is appearing to them and changing lives just as they are been prosecuted in those nations by their families and Islams around them. satan is wielding the axe to kill them all with his extremist. We live in a once free nation just like America was before some few years back, they have taken the name of JESUS and the Bible from all public places and replaced it with other gods ( why they are lost), lets us use our freedom wisely while we still have it now and stop the fight. I LOVE YOU.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      You summed these things up very nicely. Nice post. We need to understand our common enemies.

      • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

        It seems everyone is carried away with the possibilities of the better life rather what we have is darkness and it leads to death. The Bible in the book of 1 Thessalonians 5 chapter 1 to 11. King James Version (KJV) Says.
        1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
        2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
        3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh
        upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
        escape.
        4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
        5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
        6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
        7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
        8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of
        faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
        9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
        10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
        11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

    • mohammed

      Very well sed I hope Nigeria understands u before its too late

      • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

        I pray cause that’s what my message is all about

  • eBusinesz

    I totally disagree with the likes of Shehu Sani, he is only afraid that Nigeria is getting out of the woods that a section of this country has kept us in for so many years. we need Identity anyhow, we will customize later

    • wode

      Don’t take it personal. Address the issue.

  • wode

    Few Questions that need answers;

    1 – Why is the FGN so desperate to produce an IDC without giving preference to National security? Don’t they know that war in this age, than ever before, are won with information?

    2 – Why must the logo of a Business (Non-Governmental and Non-Nigerian) entity be on the Nigeria NATIONAL ID Card for that matter?

    3 – Why do Nigeria have to indirectly and continuously advertise for this company? Is the company not being paid for the contract?

    4 – Where are these cards being produced, Nigeria or US? How many jobs are created for Nigerians as a result of this contract?

    5 – Are we really sure that somebody in Government is not seriously benefiting from this contract to have gone to the extent of indirectly trading Nigeria sovereignty/security for selfish interest?

    It’s a shame that our people trusted with authority could not see, or decided to ignore, the big picture. As much as the success of having the ID cards produced is laudable, the stain in its outcome is too conspicuously irritating to be ignored. It has to be reversed or else the whole project would end up being a waste of resources because it CANNOT stand the test of time.

    • checkmate

      My friend don’t even contemplate that somebody in the government is benefiting from this contract. Of course the Dumbo Jonaharam and his cronies are the beneficiaries. There is no doubt about it. They don’t give a damn if it is going be cancelled in the future, at least by then they would have got billions of dollars.

  • Jujubeans

    24 hours later and from a purely business perspective, I’m still wondering how on earth Mastercard could have agreed to this kind of deal. I know our own government is useless and clueless but Mastercard? This can only damage their brand. Nigerians live everywhere. By the time this gets out in the foreign media, the backlash will make the one suffered by Shell look like child’s play. Well that’s greed for you, all ethics and CSR flew out the window.. their eyes were shinning at the prospect of 170 MILLION new customers #mastercard

  • Umar Ali

    We had several opportunities as a nation to develop and implement an acceptable and credible National ID Scheme but on each of those occasions we failed woefully. So many factors could be attributed to this- politics, corruption etc. The scheme in other climes is without a doubt, the basis upon which planning and security infrastructure is built- anyone who can be identified in a database can be traced… if we have failed in this national duty owing to some inadequacies and some innovative partnership will bring about some measure of credibility where lies the fuss. What works in other climes may not necessarily work in Nigeria, Infact other climes are looking beyond national citizenship to global citizenship. Nigeria has just the latent the political will and the capacity to see to the evolution of such a scheme. Mastercard is a reputable organization, it is indeed an universal company and not just an American company, otherwise why do we accept the platform as a means of payment and other transactions. MC is lending Nigeria it’s technology and credibility. Until we have ours, let’s make do with this.

    • special@dviser

      There are a million things wrong but let us start with what is right with this: 1.) The idea to implement and electronic ID is a noble and essential idea, 2.) Initiation by the NIMC is the correct starting point. However that is where it all ends.

      The implementation is certainly flawed. Public private partnership for national identity will not be a problem if the development was outsourced to a third party and they did the implementation (even this should use local talent given our high unemployment rate) but to not implement and co-brand the national identity with a private company is a serious breach of national security and sovereignty. perhaps next we will our passports with mcdonalds logo and their famous “i’m loving it” slogan.

      Idea is good but implementation is flawed (greatly too). I should add how can one even grant monopoly to mastercard as a payment processor when there are other competing payment systems in the market place. It is really silly and the mistakes are numerous and elementary.

      • Heisenberg

        Sir.
        MasterCard WAS NOT granted monopoly for the payment applet. I take it you are making an assumption and you can be forgiven for that. The truth is MasterCard, Visa and even Verve were given opportunities to be the pilot partner for the payment applet on the chip. I must add that each of the 13 applets on the chip are totally isolated from each other.
        Visa was the first to approach NIMC but were footdragging and Nigerians were saying “NIMC is not ready. NIMC is stealing and wasting Government funds” and all the rest of it. Verve also did not take the plan seriously.
        Eventually MasterCard signed up and elected to partner with Access Bank for the payment applet.
        Neither MasterCard nor Access Bank have any form of access to the National Identity Database. PERIOD.
        To get back to your point about the “monopoly” of MasterCard, the fact is that the agreement is only for the FIRST 13 MILLION cards. End of Discussion. If Verve gets serious, then they will have the next 13 million cards. For anyone who knows about smartcards, this means that the Card Profile has to change to accommodate the replaced applet. Finally, MasterCard is not a payment processor. Interswitch, Etransact and Unified Payments (formerly Valucard) are payment processors in Nigeria.

        God bless.

        • zpecial_adviser

          that doesnt answer his question about logo? why must its logo be on an e-id card? and what happens to choice of the Nigerian to choose a payment processor? so people wont have a choice and would have to stick with mastercard?if mastercard isnt a payment processor then what is it in this scheme? are you saying now that there will be only 13 million e-ids for only 13 million people?

          What makes your statement true, is the NIMC mastercard agreement in the open? Clarity can easily be derived if the agreement is published and everyone sees what it states. That will surely end the discussion and not your assertions which may have no basis in fact.

          Cheers

  • Olutola

    The miain issues for me are these: (1) Now that you have given it free and paid for by public private partnership, is it the same PPP that will continue its maintenance at no cost to its holders including when they use it as payment platform and when they dont? (2)why would you coerce an entire nation to be on payment platform of financial services company backed by just a Nigerian bank, is that not a monopoly of service for such a Nigerian bank against all other banks validly registered by the CBN? (3) who are the interested parties in all the three or four companies mentioned? We could have sold the country to Dr Jonathan to continue to drain us for life if for any reason he has substantial interest in any or some of these companies? (4)what are the on-going charges involved and do the citizens have a choice? if standard charges are involved to be paid per entire volume of cards issued and maintained per year by any or all of the companies mentioned and you have many Nigerians who don’t have bank account and will never used the card for any reason except election who pays this charge on their behalf when we could have allowed Nigerians the choice of their financial liberty with any bank local or foreign; while NIMC can continue to do their jobs for which they will continue to draw budgets for each year. At least whether you use card or not NIMC staffs will still be paid rather than pay some foreign companies huge sums each year for providing some services on account of those who will not draw such services and they don’t even need it. You have to pay them because there is no way of knowing whether it is this year that such passive card holder will choose to use it or not and it must remain active since it is national ID card.

    This to my mind are some of the reasons govt in Nigeria is not a continuum; when previous ones will do things that obviously the next govt will scrap and funds would have been wasted.

  • Olayinka

    I always thought educated people should be more sensible than people who just went to school. Clearly GEJ is a President, (even with Phd) who is not knowledgeable. I clearly believe he just put pen to paper without thinking.

    • checkmate

      That’s Right! It’s a pity.

      • onyeari

        I see. The MasterCard idea, logo, payment and pathway ideas and logo should be made and option – citizens to decide on eID application forms. Money tool and facility cum national I’d scheme are good ideas put together but citizens would be given freedom of choice. I have chased ID and MasterCard.

    • Asuquo

      My brother, you are right. How on earth can a Phd holder openly sign this? We try to do things quickly and end up doing it wrongly. I know Access bank former MD who is Mr President’s friend brought this idea, but could our dear president ask why should mastercard be embossed on a card which is suppose to be our national pride. Soon, we will see another company doing same to our passport. Only God will save us from backward govt

      • Chime Chukwuma

        What should he sign? Does Nigeria as a Nation have anything? do we have a payment processor like MasterCard? Do we have any software’s? we have Nothing. is ur bank ATM not MasterCard? Why are u complaining now?

        • zygote

          Even in american you an pay for id with cash, check, and and bankdraft. You are missing the point.

        • wazobia

          Its you that have nothing…. Chime.. You dont just open your dumb brain and post rubbish. Did you do any research at all?

      • Jesuslover101

        HAVING A PhD does not mean you are smart

    • Chime Chukwuma

      Is ur bank atm not MasterCard???????

  • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

    Funny how you all are still quick to accept this scheme for some security reasons….If you think you can’t be tracked on every move then you are been ignorant of the same fact that you agreed with the best form of banking technology. The first improvement every technology thrives for in this new age is always about “location GPS/tracking” which sounds great but should be a cause for concern for the masses because your privacy is the first right every Govt gives as the first basic human right of a democratic Govt ( if they ever had one in America). They are causing us to accept this in the sense that there is so much crime and many unusual act of ungodliness within our society has brought about the need for such nasty form of ID card. They are responsible for all the insecurity issues across the globe and countries where they believe the masses can be rebellious to the new age NWO/anti christ due to their faith and believe on the Revelation of John the Beloved. Now alot of believer’s have turned their eyes to the true fact that this is Bible prophesy unfolding in disguise cause they have read so much book and gone to too much school to never find anything wrong with technology due to the lure of so many advancement and easy device that has taken it toll on our society. I have been doing alot of study on the Holy Bible and reading many article and history of the so called Elite of the world in the last couple of century and i find alot of very worrying discovery even on how the education is been reformed all around the world and how all the books were bought by a big firm to control all text been printed in all book and how the manipulation of the masses started centuries ago before Africa even started reading. Nothing good comes from the West as they are now powerless and under the Control of lucifer just as their hollywood belongs to satan as well. Its no news how they flash point their satanic agenda, policies and hand signs across the media just to desensitize our brain from working out whats true and unreal. Please, take heed of this false hope coming from the world’s elite , The word of GOD says that in 1thess 5;3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape”. What it says is the destruction of a man that come with all the false hope we will be promised from alot of things. No one ever believed the World would come under one currency unless there is no money to spend in countries but here we are, money is been scrapped for some Card with biometric chips in some society. Gradually the enemy is trying to help us by folly. Lets believe GOD that in all the crime and evil going that GOD will keep us safe in love as we have loved wholehearted and not just with lieing mouth. It is wise to know the truth cause it will definitely make you free.

  • sanees

    The security implications of these scheme is crucial that our NSA should be sacked immediately. Given our collated data to commercial concern that will analyse nd classify our various security strength by exact figure nd ID, civil service, health nd other professional is scandalous. Boko Haram can know the number of army, navy, airforce nd police to plan their strategy. These our leaders are mad

    • Paul Jasper

      My dear friend. I assure you the story is inaccurate and full of holes.
      Where in the world does a Bank issue MasterCard or Visa ATM cards and share all the confidential details that you used to open the account with them?

      A wise man once said “assumption is the mother of all f**kups”. NIMC DOES NOT grant access to any foreign or domestic company or organisation nor share the National Database for which it is the custodian on behalf of the Federal Government.
      The only information which is used by access bank to give a Personal Account Number (PAN) to a cardholder is what is known as “NAMEONCARD”, the same as the Banks do when they want to issue you with ATM cards of any description.
      Mastercard has no business with your home address, your email address, your phone number or fingerprints. To do what?
      Really folks.

      • sanees

        The flat for is different from bank customer data base besides the integration programme with feeds of social security, insurance nd health care nd all claims of strong access nd controls are are garbage

  • Manjeet Singh

    Just when you think this leaders have done the most damage they hit another low. We just saw how Russian nationals became stranded abroad because the US government placed sanctions on Russian businesses which necessitated VISA and Mastercard suspending services to Russians. Yet this brainless leaders chose no better time to handover its citizenry to the US via Mastercard.

    • Jerry Smatter

      Firstly Mr. Singh, your English sucks.
      Secondly if you have a Visa or MasterCard issued by your bank, you have no case here. If you don’t have any of these cards, you still don’t have a case because it means you don’t have the expertise nor experience to talk.
      Thirdly, you are a Sikh from your name. Why not face your own problems and keep your nose out of other people’s?

  • Babatunde

    Reality check. Nigeria is a third world country. What that means is that we are a consumer country and not a producer country. A Nigerian carry/ride/wear the logo of foreign nations everyday and every minute of his or her life with pride. Look at the cars we ride (British, America, Germany Sweden etc…), the roads we travel on (Germany, France, etc…), the airplanes and the airport (Chinese, Germany, Holland etc… ), Clothes, shoes, gold, wrist watches, underwear, human hair (Italy, Switzerland, Brasil, India, Russia etc…). Which one of these is a product of Nigeria? We line-up like sheep at their embassies daily to get the heck out of Nigeria and go to these countries.
    Now, we have our ever ready “intelligent” know it all, cursing and abusing Nigerian Government officials for going into PPP with an American company (MasterCard) for allowing us to use their platform to at least have a semblance of who is a Nigerian and how many of us are really out there and how can we best manage ourselves. Instead of looking on how this new arrangement can help us as a nation, we are pontificating nonsense about how our national security is handed over to the US. Let me be the first to burst your bubble, we have no security that is hidden from the US. If the President has compromised your security because of this action, please get in touch with your representative in Abuja so that he can be impeached. Otherwise keep your opinion to yourselves. Nigeria has a serious problem and needs a serious minded people to help solve it.
    We have six geo-political areas in Nigeria: I suggest, we lease each one for a period of time to any of these conglomerate to help us manage our natural and human resources. Then we have to pray they do not tattoo our foreheads with their logo.

    • Ngozi

      You have spoken well my friend. I am an American that has lived in Europe, Asia and currently the Middle East and one who visits Nigeria and I’ve seen the financial exploitation on Nigeria.

  • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

    Too much book and Grammar. Its obvious the eyes of our brains have been blocked.

  • Heisenberg

    It is truly amazing how people jump on stories that are sensational and grossly inaccurate. Why not get the facts before feeding on festering lies and falsehood?
    Firstly, most of the people commenting here have ATM cards branded with either MasterCard, Visa or Verve, yet do not worry about America blocking their cards as they are using the Russian case.
    Secondly, this nonsensical fabrication of Mastercard or any other foreign company holding the National Identity Database or copies of it is not backed by a single shred of evidence whatsoever. If the authors even bothered to do a little bit of investigative journalism, one would have found that there is ABSOLUTELY NOT AN IOTA OF TRUTH in the allegations.
    The fact of the matter is that:
    1. The new National Identity Card of Nigeria has 13 applets built in, 5 of which are activated when you pick it up. One of which so happens to be payment.
    2. Only the first 13 million Cards will be MasterCard-enabled (using the M/CHIP4 applet). After that, either Verve or Visa will have the option to sign up for the next 13 million cards.
    3. The payment applet is merely to give the millions of unbanked Nigerians an opportunity to participate in financial inclusion, considering the fact that the Federal Government is trying to mop up excess liquidity in the market.
    4. Activating the payment applet is OPTIONAL during pickup. You don’t want anything to do with MasterCard? No problem. You will not be compelled to do so.
    5. MasterCard DOES NOT have any access to the National Database of Nigeria. The fact that one has a MasterCard-branded ATM card does not mean that MasterCard has access to you bank account, your home address, you business address and all the rest of it. Why is it that all these prophets of doom do not mention MasterCard or Visa having access to their bank details and personal information stored in Banks? Or do the banks not have databases? Let us get real.
    There is absolutely no connectivity between MasterCard and the National Identity Database. What is the business of MasterCard with your biometrics? Seriously people.
    6. Nigeria has had a very bad rap in recent times. And not without good reason. For once, the Federal Government is setting a global standard. Why condemn EVERYTHING that the Government initiates. And we claim to be patriotic.
    It would be tomfoolery for any Government to share its sensitive national database with a company, home or abroad.
    7. There are other applets on the Card such as travel, which is meant to COMPLEMENT and not replace the Passport issued by the Nigerian Immigration Service. Many countries do this with their own National Identity Cards so Nigeria would not be the first.
    8. Each applet is protected by a firewall, which means they are totally and thoroughly isolated from each other. Payment has nothing to do with ICAO (travel). Driver’s licence has nothing to do with payment and so on. Anyone who understands the complexities of EAC2, Document Signing and so on will be able to illustrate these better.

    • zygote

      what you just wrote is greatest lie of the century. If hackers can have data information of customers by hacking credit card companies, how come the same credit company that stores the information don’t have access. when you apply for a credit card you give all information including social security number. Are this information sent to heaven for safe keep or given to back to you?

      • Lanre

        Zygote. Please don’t mind these spin doctors. Every country in the world that has aspired to greatness has done so with pride. India, China, Brazil. Nigeria has to be different because we have a bunch of greedy, thieving political elite whose only desire is to award contracts. All they care about is money spinning schemes that will enrich their pockets. Why must an ID Card contain the financial information of its citizenry? What kind of Personal Identifying Information (PII) is stored on the card? How much information is shared among databases? To top it all, the logo of a private company on the symbol of Citizenship of a people. Haba! There are comparative lessons/examples worldwide that we know of.

    • Lanre

      Mr or Ms. Heisenberg. Thank you for your failed attempt at education. Tell me one reason Mastercard is not embedded on the American Flag. Or more appropriately, since it is embedded on the National ID Card of Great Nigeria and issued to the Number One Citizen of the Greatest Country in Africa; home to the most populous African country, why the Mastercard Logo (An imprint of private American Enterprise) is not on our National Flag? Please, do not bamboozle me with your hog wash. Nigeria has failed because we have had failed leadership. This imprint of Mastercard on the so-called National ID Card is a good example.

      • nnamdi

        Like every other ID cards thats what we want. We have to rise up and protest against this. The hidden a gender in this are 1. The slave masters will get your info that will lead to the end time 666. Bc they have your info you can’t escape from the marks or it means death. 2. The slave master ;the banking system, will control your money how much you spend and where and what you spend it on bc in this last days they are coming against the churches and they will stop you giving to help the gospel and if you insist, they will freeze your account. Why do you think we are going cashless society? So you dont have cash you dont give account of and they can easily control your money for you and there by is no longer your own bc they will let you use the way they want. It sound good and safe(cashless society) but not all that glitter is not gold. 3. They will get your taxes even if you want it on not. 4. Time comes when you don’t need passport to travel but the card with chips on it and they determine when and where you travel. Why do you think they generated EBOLA? To restrict Africans coming more to them. Many flight have been canciled and many embassy will not give visa. Many more things I wouldn’t say not to put you in fear of what is and now and here after will happen. Please lets raise up and stand against this. Do not fear death. By the way what will you lose if you die have you thought about it and what will you gain if you die. There is a better place waiting for us. I better die as a hero and go to heaven rather than a salve to this world and yet not sure of heaven. Am not afraid to die how about you?

    • tensiond

      Dude – applet this – applet that. The point is that MasterCard (Access Bank included) should have no reason to be part or or an issuer of a National ID card in a country as big as Nigeria – or any other country for that matter.

      MasterCard (as well as Access Bank) is a financial services company. It’s a private entity. It is a profit seeking enterprise. It should not be part of our National ID project. It’s as simple as that.

      During Pres. George W. Bush’s tenure in the U.S. – there was a big move to privatize American’s social security program. In fact, such privatization may or may not result in more earnings on the stock market for the social security program. But it was opposed by Americans. This was for the simple reason that there are some things that you don’t just give a private profit-seeking enterprise.

      Once again – this things can be home grown. The technologies are out there, the specifications, application programmer interfaces, open source, etc. are out there. We don’t need MasterCard or even Access Bank. These are profit-seeking enterprises and will exploit that that system to maximize profitability and return on investment for the shareholders. Btw – what is the privacy policy and privacy governance structure but in place for this platform? This will be a total disaster from a privacy perspective.

      Heck, I might as well start buying Access Bank stocks if this thing goes through as is.

  • Edward Snowdown

    You lot talk a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo…. Just take a look at the British, European union or American national ID cards, Do they carry the master-card or Visa logo….? Welcome to the Jet Age where Governments sells their citizens data & rights away for a piece of the Devils-Pie…. in Nigeria it is too easy because most of you are just too dam ignorant & oblivious to whats happening around you in the REAL world. You lot keep focusing and arguing about the irrelevancies while they(Mastercard) are focusing on their long term goals of “Nigeria-Domination”, welcome to the new era of Mastercard-Nigeria, where they control everything from government to corporation. and opps…they just bought ALL OF YA…. EVERY SINGLE ADULT IN NIGERIA for a very cheap price….. so run along and wear your new masters logo or tag(mastercard) with great pride

    • Nnamdi Okafor

      My friend, the UK and US you just mentioned don’t have National Identity Cards. Get your facts straight before opening your mouth. Ignorance is no excuse for talking rubbish.

      • Manjeet Singh

        There’s an EU ID, mister know all! Does it have any private business logo? Ode! Sell your birth right to leave abroad.

      • zygote

        They do. In United States your driver’s licence in your national id card that is accessible by the FBI,CIA, State and local authorities, including Immigration services with a single finger print. Even now new citizen have rights to get citizenship id cards or passport that can serves as national ids. Is there a Union Bank or First Bank of Nigeria logo on their documents?

        • tensiond

          No. In the U.S driving license and id cards are issued by the States! It’s not issued by the federal government. The FBI, Police, and other security agencies has to reach out to each individual state to access their system within the “confines of that state’s laws”.

          The only form of ID that federal government will issue ordinary citizens is Social Security Number and Password (if the citizen needs such Passport for travel purposes).

      • MAKAVELLI

        Nnamdi my friend dont insult people on the social media try and reason with the fact that you would soon be washing plate in mc donalds. Kindly google DES Attack and you would understand why u shouldnt make your data public.

      • Bernard Ogon

        We have social security cards here in America dude. Only logo on them is the American Eagle.

      • Ben Ari

        Nnamdi, Nnamdi, you cannot be sitting in your small village outside Asaba and pontificating about whether the US or UK use ID cards. Dude, this is one of those cases where “you had to be there…..”

      • Rashy

        You are the ignorant one, they all have NI number on a card with their biometrics on it. Google it it is free and stop spreading false info.

  • A.K.SAMSON

    Only the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the entire world can come up with something as ridiculous as this. It does not surprise me.

  • Glory Dennis Usiosefe

    Nigerian government i fear you… why brands National ID Card with MasterCard………….. why will a sensible government do this?

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan, is truly a clueless,dumb,ineffective,incapable and incompetent president of Nigeria.How can an intelligent and experience Nigerian president Jonathan allowed an American credit-card-company-master-card,to be in possession of Nigerian citizenry data?How can a Nigerian national identity card bears master card logo?How much did president Ebele Jonathan received as payment-bribes from master-card before Jonathan signed master-card up into Nigerian national identity card scheme project?This is absurd and unbelievable.

  • Davidson

    Firstly, I want to agree wholeheartedly with Heisenberg’s and others comment. I don’t understand it. I honestly don’t. Why are some Nigerians don’t embrace initiative and innovative ideas? Just because the president is from PDP and you or your relatives, uncle, brother, godfather, etc are from other party means he doesn’t possess ideas to rule or do things for the country that are correct? This issue of National ID Card has been there in our national archive for years. Past politicians has been feeding their fat belle with money budgeted for it for years. Now, here comes an idealist, an attempter, a doer for that matter with perfect idea to lay this issue of ID Card to rest once and for all and there you go criticizing without reasoning, instead of supporting it. Why will America block your national ID card? Why will America block your bank account if it’s saved in your own country? I urge you to read Heisenberg post and learn from it accordingly. Also, learn to criticize constructively.

    • Noella Love

      I’m not Nigerian i’m an American but i can assure you that this is not done in order to help Nigeria but in order to impose more control in the Nigerian financial system and to keep track of Nigerian ‘millionaires’ and overall financial system, Nigeria can survive without Europe or America you have very intelligent hard working people there. Do you want to be colonised again? America has been having problem with Iraq etc, they are looking for a new country to clean dry. Nigerians do not have the strength of Iraq to fight back so i suggest you encourage Nigeria to use its own system and not fall under the spell of America because believe me so far, your country is doing better than you think and America knows this so they want to get in quickly before it fully ‘develops.’ Not long ago the USA threaten to cut off Nigerian resources if they don’t impose gay right. Nigeria refused because it can SURVIVE WITHOUT AMERICA. NOW YOU LET AMERICA TAKE OVER NIGERIA’S FINANCE SYSTEM AND NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO ANY AMERICAN DEMANDS AGAIN. DON’T BE SILLY. ONCE A PERSON IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT’S IT YOU’RE DOOMED.

    • Noella Love

      I’m not Nigerian i’m an American but i can assure you that this is not done in order to help Nigeria but in order to impose more control in the Nigerian financial system and to keep track of Nigerian ‘millionaires’ and overall financial system, Nigeria can survive without Europe or America you have very intelligent hard working people there. Do you want to be colonised again? America has been having problem with Iraq etc, they are looking for a new country to clean dry as they need OIL etc. To ensure that there’s obiceiece America need to be in control of the finance because that’s the only way to ensure a country does as it’s told. Nigerians do not have the strength of Iraq to fight back so i suggest you encourage Nigeria to use its own system in controlling its finance and to NOT fall under the spell of America because believe me so far, your country is doing better than you think and America knows this so they want to get in there quickly. Not long ago the USA threaten to cut off Nigerian resources if they don’t impose gay right. Nigeria refused because it can SURVIVE WITHOUT AMERICA. NOW YOU LET AMERICA TAKE OVER NIGERIA’S FINANCE SYSTEM AND NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO ANY AMERICAN DEMANDS AGAIN. DON’T BE SILLY. ONCE A PERSON IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT’S IT YOU’RE DOOMED!

    • Mohstone

      Please tell us which country u know on earth that gives it citizenship card (Not bank cards) to mastercard, visa or any other international card services company???

  • Guest

    I’m not Nigerian i’m an American but i can assure you that this is not done in order to help Nigeria but in order to impose more control on the Nigerian financial system and to keep track of Nigerian ‘millionaires’ and overall financial system, Nigeria can survive without Europe or America you have very intelligent hard working people there. Do you want to be colonised again? America has been having problem with Iraq etc, they are looking for a new country to clean dry as they need OIL etc. To ensure that there’s obedience America has to be in control of the finance system because that’s the only way to ensure a country does as it’s told. Nigerians do not have the strength of Iraq to fight back so i suggest you encourage Nigeria to use its own system in controlling its finance and to NOT fall under the spell of America because believe me so far, your country is doing better than you think and America knows this so they want to get in there quickly. Not long ago the USA threaten to cut off Nigerian resources if they don’t impose gay right. Nigeria refused because it can SURVIVE WITHOUT AMERICA. NOW YOU LET AMERICA TAKE OVER NIGERIA’S FINANCE SYSTEM AND NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO ANY AMERICAN DEMANDS AGAIN. DON’T BE SILLY. ONCE A PERSON IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT’S IT YOU’RE DOOMED. Yu can have a ID card/finance system but for the love of God make your own system. Don’t do it with a nation that hates you and catered your people into slavery.

    • Omaretsule Eric Uwanikone

      I believe we know better but “I know too much” is the problem of the Nigerian Govt and its educated people. They will always find a way to justify it all the way round. This can still be stopped right now.

  • Noella Love

    I’m not Nigerian i’m an American but i can assure you that this is not done in order to help Nigeria but in order to impose more control on the Nigerian financial system and to keep track of Nigerian ‘millionaires’ and overall financial system, Nigeria can survive without Europe or America you have very intelligent hard working people there. Do you want to be colonised again? America has been having problem with Iraq etc, they are looking for a new country to clean dry as they need OIL etc. To ensure that there’s obedience America has to be in control of the finance system because that’s the only way to ensure a country does as it’s told. Nigerians do not have the strength of Iraq to fight back so i suggest you encourage Nigeria to use its own system in controlling its finance and to NOT fall under the spell of America because believe me so far, your country is doing better than you think and America knows this so they want to get in there quickly. Not long ago the USA threaten to cut off Nigerian resources if they don’t impose gay right. Nigeria refused because it can SURVIVE WITHOUT AMERICA. NOW YOU LET AMERICA TAKE OVER NIGERIA’S FINANCE SYSTEM AND NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO ANY AMERICAN DEMANDS AGAIN. DON’T BE SILLY. ONCE A PERSON IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT’S IT YOU’RE DOOMED. Yu can have a ID card/finance system but for the love of God make your own system. Don’t do it with a nation that hates you and captured some of your citizens into slavery.

  • Noella Love

    I’m not Nigerian i’m an American but i can assure you that this is not done in order to help Nigeria but in order to impose more control on the Nigerian financial system and to keep track of Nigerian ‘millionaires’ and overall financial system, Nigeria can survive without Europe or America you have very intelligent hard working people there. Do you want to be colonised again? America has been having problem with Iraq etc, they are looking for a new country to clean dry as they need OIL etc. To ensure that there’s obedience America has to be in control of the finance system because that’s the only way to ensure a country does as it’s told. Nigerians do not have the strength of Iraq to fight back so i suggest you encourage Nigeria to use its own system in controlling its finance and to NOT fall under the spell of America because believe me so far, your country is doing better than you think and America knows this so they want to get in there quickly. Not long ago the USA threaten to cut off Nigerian resources if they don’t impose gay right. Nigeria refused because it can SURVIVE WITHOUT AMERICA. NOW YOU LET AMERICA TAKE OVER NIGERIA’S FINANCE SYSTEM AND NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY NO TO ANY AMERICAN DEMANDS AGAIN. DON’T BE SILLY. ONCE A PERSON IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT’S IT YOU’RE DOOMED. You can have ID card/finance system but for the love of God make your own system. Don’t do it with a nation that hates you and captured some of your citizens into slavery. It wasn’t long ago you were ‘freed’ and given independent so why go back to the hands of the capturers? Ridiculous! Every products used by the USA to build this system is taken from African soil for goodness sake. Reject them, solve your own issues and build your own system. Let them abide by your rules in YOUR land.

    • Anonymous11443

      Thank you my sister.May you be blessed.

  • jamesbond3

    This is the ground work for the 666 system by the antichrist to come into play. The foundation is being laid for us in Nigeria and moreover, the NSA of the US will now have access to the personal records of Nigerians in Nigeria. What a shame of a country. No more privacy again. The US govt can now spy directly on Nigerians in Nigeria.

  • gudlok

    This government is mad. US government did not do mastercard ID for its citizens. The worst illiterates proving to be well educated and experts are in positions of authority. No sensible govt on earth did MasterCard, visa, delta ,maestro, world pay etc as ID for its citizens except the mad nigerian govt.

  • Anonymous11443

    When I say 170 million Nigerian mumu some Nigerians said I was on point.Now Ogogoro Jonathan the ever clueless drunk has sold you mumus to MasterCard.He don finish una oil.He don raid una Central bank and no money left.Now he sold you on another slave ship of MasterCard.Just to fund his 2015 ambition of which he will not be re-elected.Ask him how much MasterCard paid him from this.Nigeria is being finished by Boko Haram and Ogogoro Jonathan.Jonathan will be tried and face a firing squad come 2015.I swear.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous11443

    As CIA predicted,there will be no country called Nigeria in 2015.Mark it people,nigeria is finished as a country.It took a drunk and clueless Otuoke clown to finish it.170 million lily-livered fools who wont rise up for nothing in their miserable lives.Bob Marley and Mandela says”Chase those crazy bald heads out of town”.All of you are now slaves to MasterCard and other aspects of you all miserable lives.A country of no integrity.Nigerian bastards.

  • Dr Olubukunola A Morgan MBBS

    A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF TO NIGERIANS NOW.
    JUST AS IN SCOTLAND NOW, NIGERIANS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE ITS WISH TO REMAIN WITHIN A UNITED NIGERIA OR NOT.

    SCOTLAND WILL DECIDE ON THE 18 SEPTEMBER 2014, WHETHER OR NOT TO REMAIN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM…A NO VOTE, MEANS NO INDEPENDENCE …STAYING IN;
    A YES VOTE MEANS SCOTLAND WOULD BECOME AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN STATE OUTSIDE IT, BUT SCOTLAND WILL THEN DECIDE WHETHER TO THEN APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.

    SCOTLAND IS NOW BEING WOO-ED BY ALL POLITICAL PARTIES: THE CONSERVATIVES, LABOUR & LIB-DEMOCRATS, WITH ALL SORTS OF JUICY CHOICES of devolving MORE POWER TO THEM, POWERS NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE TO THEM BEFORE THIS INDEPENDENT MOVE.

    IN NIGERIA’s CASE MAYBE OUR NORTHERN BROTHERS WOULD DEVOLVE MORE JUICY BITS TO THE OIL PRODUCING AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE ONE HUNDRED PER CENT OF THE REVENUE FROM OIL SALES, TO THEM, AS WELL AS THE SAME REVENUE DERIVATION FORMULA FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, AS A PRICE TO PAY, FOR NOT VOTING TO OPT OUT OF THE FEDERATION.

    JUST AS IN SCOTLAND, THE CHIOCE OF A FREE AND SOVEREIGN PEOPLE IN NIGERIA, IS INVIOLABLE AND DEMOCRATICALLY ARRIVED AT.

    IN SPITE OF ITS LONG HISTORY OF SHARING REVENUES, BOTH SCOTLAND AND THE REST OF THE UNITED KINGDOM HAVE AGREED, AS MOST CIVILISED PEOPLE WOULD, TO LET GO THE RICH OIL REVENUES FROM THE NORTH SEA, TO SCOTLAND, AND REMOVE ITS OFFENSIVE NUCLEAR ARSENAL FROM ITS TERRITORIES.

    THIS IS THE CREDIBLE PEACE FORMULA AND EXAMPLE NIGERIA MIGHT WISH TO ADOPT SOON.

    Sent by:
    Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Buki Morgan MBBS psc MNIM NAF MC rtd.
    CONSULTANT FLIGHT SURGEON
    ex USAF Malcolm Grow Medical Center
    Presidential Flight Line
    HOME of AIR FORCE ONE
    United States Air Force, Andrews Air Force Base
    Maryland, Washington DC, USA…1987

    Wing Commander (Dr) Buki Morgan MBBS psc MNIM MC NAF rtd.
    CONSULTANT FLIGHT SURGEON
    ex Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force Medical Centre
    Yoruba Tennis Club Avenue, Onikan, Lagos and
    Presidential Flight Line
    Nigerian Air Force,
    Sam Ethnan Air Force Base
    Murtala Mohammed International Airport
    Ikeja, Lagos,
    Nigeria …1972-1990

    From my iPad 2 in Colindale, London & Surulere, Lagos
    10 Sep 2014 2014

    • Olu. Oluwadare

      With all due respect sir, It is sad to read notes like these from persons perceived as elders. First, the news under which this comment is posted has no meaning what so ever with what has just been posted. Secondly, somments like these, Im sure will not be made by you on any live tv considering the fact (based on your long CV) that you are a retired military officer as you know it is incisive. However, please note that, many of the perceptions sblimed in your message are caused by the “leaders” of the people you just tried to woo in Nigeria. There is a big difference between Scotland and Niger Delta. Whereas a scot is industrious, an average ND youth is lazy and doesnt like to work. Please try and take a trip to Port harcourt and live among the people (not in a high class hotel in a GRA) for 1 month. You will see for your self. God bless Nigeria

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  • Children of God

    FELLOW NIGERIANS, RESIST NATIONAL ID. IT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE MARK OF THE BEAST. THEY ARE ONLY COLLECTING YOUR DATA FOR SATAN. AMERICANS SUCCESSFULLY REFUSED NATIONAL ID – NIGERIANS DO THE SAME. DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO MARK YOU! IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT OUR OWN PRESIDENT IS SPARE-HEADING THIS DEMONIC PROGRAM. WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS, NOT NUMBERS! REFUSE TO BE MARKED! WE DON’T NEED NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION!

  • E. P.

    Shoot! This is not good, at all.
    How could the Federal Government not have consulted the public before making such a decision!?
    How can they put the precious data of an entire country in the hands of an American Corporation!?
    Oh My God! There is definitely more to this than what meets the eye!
    The branding just makes it worse! Uber Worse.
    Can we not afford to host our own data!?
    If the government invests in data center they will also provide jobs for tech savvy unemployed Nigerians.
    Kai! I tire.

  • tope

    666 coming the beginning of the end

  • Proud Yoruba

    Don’t be optimistic, when someone talks of witches and demons, he has vilłage mentality and is not ready for prime time. Good leaders solve problems, they never complain and never give excuses, they just deliver. The anticipate all risks, and work to mitigate or eliminate them! This man sounds like he could not run a cake store successfully, it is pure tribalism.patronage that has put himin such an exalted position and keeps him there despite obvious lack of performance. Bloody enemy of progress. He should be permanently banned from holding any public office.

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