Nigerians yet to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN) risk being imprisoned for 14 years. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami revealed this at a State House press briefing on Thursday. Pantami added that this is stipulated by the Nigerian constitution. The Minister also disclosed that 51 million Nigerians had registered for their NIN as of March 31, 2021. “Based on the requirement by law, each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number (NIN), which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),” he said. “It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it. No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizens in place.What I inherited in the database was less than 20 percent of our population. But we want to ensure that before we leave office, we would look at the database and be proud of our country”, he added.