Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has blamed Nigerians for flouting COVID-19 protocols while participating in the ongoing National Identity Numbers (NIN) registration nationwide.

He made this known while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The Minister raised concerns over the large number of applicants that throng the offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

“Citizens will go there, their names are not part of those to be captured but they will go and stay at the gates, and if you ask them to leave they will not. Even the security agencies plead with them but they will not go,” he said.

“All the crowds you have been seeing in Abuja or Lagos, 90 per cent or even 95 per cent of them were not part of those invited to be captured. They only go there and stay outside the gates.

“This is the problem we are having. It has nothing to do with the commission, it is with the citizens. We need to change our attitude.”

The Minister stated that the enrolment for the NIN should not consume the time of the applicants.

He added that the enrolment should not take more than five minutes.

Pantami further stated that prospective applicants can “complete the form virtually without visiting any office.”