The Federal Government expressed regrets and apologized to Nigerians over an order for every bank account holder to register their accounts.
The government relayed the apology on Twitter following outrage by Nigerians who queried why the federal must impose such measure after the BVN.
The FG had ordered all account holders in financial Institutions to undergo another compulsory registration exercise different from the BVN, noting that there will be consequences for non-compliance.
The tweets further asked Nigerians to pick up self-certification forms from their financial institutions, complete them, and return.
According to the government, the aim is to help “financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.”
Following the outrage, the federal government apologized and deleted the posts where the announcement was made.
The apology reads:
“We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly.”