As from Tuesday 1st of September 2015, the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) is set to become operational in Nigeria. As from that date, according to an advertorial (The Guardian, April 27, pg 50): “any government agency/institution, bank, insurance company and all other Institutions offering services and or are involved in transactions requiring the identity of an individual… and who so transacts without demanding or using the NIN …. has committed an offence” For emphasis, the advertorial repeated “The NIN shall be used by every party involved in transactions requiring the authentication and verification of identity to confirm identity.”
Transactions involved include application for, and issuance of international passport, opening of bank accounts, purchase, transfer or registration of land, even registration of voters, payment of taxes, etc. All encompassing!
Individuals who flout the provision of the Act on national Identity management would be liable to a fine of not less than fifty thousand naira and/or imprisonment of not less than 6 months. Corporate bodies’ fine will not be less than a million naira each for the organization, and the officer directly responsible for the flouting.
But the new emphasis on personalized life-long unique identification number is also going on elsewhere. For instance, quietly but steadily, the issuance of the BVN is going on at the banks, and some sort of deadline on its mandatory use seemed imminent.
The summary of all of these? No hiding place for criminals!
The only snag is that in our post-modern world, anybody could become a criminal overnight, depending on who is setting the definition. Already in many western nations, criticizing homosexuality is already a criminal act
. But apparently there is much more in the offing. For instance, one of the top campaign points of the Labour Party in the coming UK elections, is the promise to clamp down more forcefully on “non-violent extremism.” In other words, extremism is extremism, whether it involves beheading children and burning people alive in iron cages or it manifests simply as a Court Registrar refusing to join same-sex couples in marriage based on religious conviction! Such interpretations are already in wide effect in the United States. “Extremism” has been defined even for non-faith issues. For instance, some are already calling for the heads of those who hesitate to vaccinate their children due to well-justified health concerns. In the US, such babies could be taken away from the biological parent, while in other parts of the world, guns have been known to be produced to compel people get their government-imposed vaccine. Famous examples include Pakistan and Malawi.
Of course, as seen in the days of Daniel, refusing to worship in some specified manner (Dan. 3) or insistence on praying in your preferred manner (Daniel 6) could both be treasonable crimes!
So we say to Nigerians, go for your unique identification number; but remember that the ground is rapidly being prepared for the antichrist who would certainly require such a system for the implementation of his certain-to-come policy described 2,000 years ahead in Rev 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”
You could however be in a much better place by the time the antichrist is full-blown (2 Thess. 2:3-7). The time to secure your reservation on the Rapture flight is NOW!