Anthony Joshua, British-Nigerian boxer, on Tuesday, enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN) at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) — and it got many talking on social media.
The NIN is the unique number which identifies a person for life and is issued by NIMC after enrolment.
It also links a person’s details such as demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data and digital signature in the national identity database for easy transactions and profiling.
The NIMC had taken to its Twitter page to share pictures of the heavyweight boxer undergoing the process of thumb printing.
In one of the photos, Joshua can be seen posing with his temporary slip which was issued to him after completing the registration.
“Anthony Joshua enrolls for the National Identification Number and issued his NIN slip,” it wrote on Twitter.
— NIMC (@nimc_ng) February 18, 2020
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a blissful boxing career, drawing commendations across the globe. He is widely celebrated by Nigerians for his continuous admiration of the country’s heritage.
In 2017, Joshua had attributed his success to Nigerian staple food — eba and egusi.
In January, Joshua, whose father is originally from Sagamu in Ogun state, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the UK, where the latter had gone for an investment summit.
Meanwhile, the development has elicited reactions on Twitter, where users are registering their different takes.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
On the flip side, Anthony Joshua would get his National ID tomorrow. He's not a common man like you and me. This system is not meant for the common man, it's meant for the rich and connected. Stop stressing it. Get rich or japa.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) February 19, 2020
When I was issued mine, did you post it? https://t.co/U2V15i1tguAdvertisement
— Zinny🇳🇬 (@zinny_biola) February 18, 2020
All I'm waiting for is how long it will take Anthony Joshua to get his National ID after registration, because some people have registered since 2015 and they're yet to get it, with the lil Mathematics that I know, Anthony Joshua should get his National ID by 2025 or we protest.
— Zaddy Ajala (@UNCLE_AJALA) February 19, 2020
My name is Abiodun Akano, I applied for my National ID at NIMC office since 2015 and I’m yet to receive it. Wtf are you? But Anthony Joshua is a human being like me na.. Do u have money or who sabi u? A typical Nigeria corruption grassroots!
— Y a k u z a – S u r f e r 🏄🏽♂️ (@UncleAbiodun) February 19, 2020
Now that Anthony Joshua has registered for his National ID card how long do you thing it will take them to give him the plastic because some people I know have not gotten their own since 2015.
— SULTAN OF LAGOS (@SurtanLeee) February 19, 2020
I applied for my National ID in 2016, I came back to their office in 2017 to ask if it’s ready, the man that attended to me just bluntly told me, “wo, come back in 5 years time”
This is the same National ID that Anthony Joshua got in less than an hour. Naija which way na ?
— Valar Morghulis 👁🗨 (@viccetti) February 19, 2020
By now, Anthony Joshua would have collected his permanent national ID card.
— Deacon Tolu⛪ (@Bams_Jnr) February 19, 2020
When you are Rich & Famous like Anthony Joshua is, you will walk into any office in this country and get anything you want done (National ID et al) in little or no time.
That's just how the system works in this country.
So rather than moan & whine, just go and make money!!
— Zaddy (@Zaddy_Clinton) February 19, 2020
Anthony Joshua applied for his National ID card today and believe me when I say it’ll be handed to him before the end of today or tomorrow because he’s not like “You and I”.
In this Nigeria just have money, if not you will suffer.
— AJ | Adonai (@mrmanhere_) February 19, 2020
All of you are complaining that Anthony Joshua got his NIN the same day he registered for it.
As if you people knocked out Andy Ruiz
— Pastor Ola ✨ (@Biisi96) February 19, 2020
Anthony Joshua applying for this National ID card is surprising it’s like the Nigerian Government is trying very hard to prove A.J is Nigerian while people like us don’t matter.
— DREYLO. (@RealDreylo) February 19, 2020
I applied for my national ID since 2015. I hope Anthony Joshua's will not be ready before mine. He just applied now
— Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu) February 19, 2020
Anthony Joshua has gotten the National ID he enrolled for the same day. I registered since 2015, maybe the original will be out by the time I am done having children.
Very insane country.
— BABYBOSS (@tejumania) February 19, 2020
Even that force man at Anthony Joshua’s back if checked very well doesn’t have his National ID ready yet.
Man’s shocked how this boy will get his National ID in 2hrs time.
NG system isn’t for the poor bro. Let that sink in to your head. pic.twitter.com/WZdvtkHfJQ
— BENUEGIANT🦍 (@one_dosh) February 19, 2020
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