MTN Non Registration of SIM Cards Led to Death of Over 10,000 Nigerians – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari finally broke his silence, Tuesday, on the $5.2bn fine imposed on MTN for non registration of SIM cards, saying the negligence led to the death of over 10,000 lives of Nigerians.
Buhari who spoke in a joint press conference with the visiting South African President, Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was giving reasons why the Nigeria National Communication (NCC), fined the network provider.
According to him, the concern of the Federal Government was purely security and not the fine imposed on MTN.
The President explained that because members of the Boko Haram sect were using unregistered SIM cards, MTN contributed to the casualties recorded by the sect because of its inaction.
He said that this would be his first time to speak on the issue as the President of Nigeria.
He also noted that the court action by MTN slowed the intervention of the government as it could not have interfered on the matter before the court.
He said: “This is the first time I will personally as a President be making a public comment about it.
“The concern of the federal government is basically on the security and not the fine imposed on MTN. You know how the unregistered GSM are being used by terrorists.
“And between 2009 and today, at least 10,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram.
“That was why NCC asked MTN, Glo and the rest of them to register GSM. Unfortunately, MTN was very, very slow and contributed to the casualties,” he added.
Buhari added that unfortunately for the telecommunication firm, rather than negotiating the fine or the mode of payment, it dragged the Federal Government to court.
He said the country’s constitution stipulates that no further action should be taken on any issue that is a subject of litigation.
Buhari said now that MTN had decided to withdraw the case from court, it is free to go back to the relevant government agencies to see if the fine can be reduced and paid in installments.

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