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Operation show your ID card: Nigerian Army’s ‘Dress Responsibly’ advise sparks Twitter outrage


Plan by the Nigerian Army to begin a nationwide operation to demand identity cards from citizens across the country has sparked criticisms from Nigerians on social media.

The operation, which would commence nationwide in November after its success in North East, is named ‘Operation Positive Identification’

In a statement issued in September by the military, soldiers would accost citizens on the streets or highways and ask them to produce means of identification on the spot.

In an advisory bearing the Nigerian Army’s logo presently circulating on social media, the Nigerian Army explained that:

“OPI requires residents to move with valid means of identification – voter’s card, national identity card, driver’s licence, international passport, and other valid official identification.

The advisory also advised citizens to:

“Obey all legal directives by security agencies.

“Dress responsibly.

“Be cautious and avoid night travelling if possible.

“Do not carry prohibited or illegal items/substance.

The part of the advisory asking citizens to ‘Dress Responsibly’ has irked social media users who have taken to Twitter to condemn the planned operation.

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Some social media users wondered how the dressing of citizens contributes to the development of the country.

“Why does the military want to identify citizens?” a Twitter user, Ada Campbell asked.

“What is the army’s business with everyday people? I really want to understand.”

She added

Another user, Towolawi Jamiu tweeted:


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