By Austin Anyahara
For a while now, I have been very docile on social media. This docility wasn’t borne out of having nothing to write about nor comment on.
I was on an introspective sabbatical, taking a cursory look at world events, Africa and her afflictions; then Nigeria my beloved hurting country where only those in power and their cronies and cohorts are proud of being Nigerians.
Of the many confusing events I mused about was the just concluded U.S elections and the brouhaha that followed; then to the leadership madness in Africa where the likes of Mr. Museveni of Uganda is standing to contest again to rule Uganda despite his 34 years misrule.
My thought then drifted home to Nigeria where there was nothing to write home about as regards the home situation.
One sniffs despair in the air like the harmattan wind; a situation where the populace are surviving instead of living.
With kidnapping for ransoms thriving, banditry and maiming taking its toll, and Boko Haram beheading their victims, the government came up with NIN as prerequisite to owning a phone line.
And this matter was too urgent ( like the command of King Nebuchadnezzar that the fiery furnace be heated twice its normal heat so that he can get enough revenge on the three Hebrew sons he felt disrespected him) and must be done within two weeks time frame.
And whoever that fails to get NIN attached to his/her SIM gets blocked.
Nobody thought of the foreigners who are not eligible to have NIN. Nobody considered how much that would be lost if over 90 million lines are blocked and how it will affect an economy that is in recession as it were.
Interestingly, the same government rolled out restriction measures that forbid large gatherings in a bid to control the second wave of Covid 19.
The question now is: how does this government want people to get NIN without gathering, and how would people gather without spreading or contracting the dreaded Covid 19?
The truth about our present situation is that Nigeria is deeply lost in Kumirukiki, and a wild evil woman is chasing her in that forest.
I learnt that NIMC is adopting a booking method to issue out the NIN, and whatever that means is too academic for my understanding, because this is a clime where administrative bottleneck remains our Achilles’ heel.
The government should rethink about this NIN, because of the urgency and lack of robust time frame for it’s accomplishment. It’s no wisdom cutting the nose to spite the face.
The utter confusion in the land must be checkmated responsibly by those mandated with the responsibility.
Living in self denial is dangerous. Things have fallen apart, and are still falling. And late Prof. Chinua Achebe was right and prophetic when he titled one of his bestsellers-
“Things Fall Apart”
So if you can’t read me here after this, just know that lack of NIN has taken its toll, despite my being a blue blooded born and bred Nigerian of Igbo descent.
Austin Anyahara is a prolific teacher of the word, and an erudite scholar. His write-ups are laced with divine wisdom and insight borne out of years of diligent study and observation. He lives in Lagos with his family.