Nigerians have taken to micro-blogging site, Twitter to express displeasure at the federal government’s order that all Nigerians with a bank account should fill a self-certification form or risk being sanctioned.
The Nigerian government had on Thursday made the announcement in a social media statement on its verified Twitter account.
The statement read: “This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc) are required to obtain, complete and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions. Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete & submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.”
Here are some of the reactions that followed:
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@luqman saka “Visit banks to fill Self Certification Form in d midst of a PANDEMIC?
Those that conceived the Policy at the Federal Inland Revenue Services are not only Senseless but also bereft of Ideas. You won
nder whether those that drives policy in our Public Service think at all.’
@olufemiloye “Which one is this again for God’s sake!
What was the essence of the BVN?! How are those outside the country to go about this?!
Why is this needed?!
When is the deadline?!
I have many questions. Sigh!”
“You guys are mad!
I repeat: you guys are mad!!!”
@olusegunadeniyi “BNV, Driver’s license. National ID card. INEC registration. International passport. Biometrics were taken in all these places. So, what is the meaning of this?”
@Idammacbeno “The only thing the masses get from this government is stress upon stress while the more privileged individuals share the spoils.
God is watching all of us.”
@kachizone “Its really saddening that this govt has chosen to punish Nigerians, what exactly did we do to deserve this kind of inhuman leadership? This is wickedness in its height, from a government that has failed to provide basic amenities to citizens but continuously tax us heavily.”