National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) yesterday registered President Muhammadu Buhari for his national identity card.
This is even as the Director General of NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam, said close to seven million Nigerians have so far been registered, adding that the number would quadruple with the presidential directive of the harmonization of biometric data to all data-collecting agencies in the country.
Buhari, who was registered inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja, spoke briefly with State House correspondents after his registration. He described the exercise as very important, saying it would help the nation to know its exact population and those who were eligible to vote and urged those yet to register to do so.
He said: “I think this exercise is very important to confirm our population and those who are entitled to vote, that is, those who are 18 years and above. It will complement the exercise of the permanent voters card.
“So, for those who want their votes to count from whichever party or constituency, they should ensure that they and their families are properly captured.”
He was later presented with his temporary identity card.