Nigeria: Self-Certification – Nigerian Govt Apologises for Misleading Citizens

The Nigerian government on Friday apologised for misinforming Nigerians about its new self-certification policy.

Tweeting via the handle @NigeriaGov, the government said the message contained in the notice does not affect all Nigerians as erroneously communicated on Thursday.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Nigerian government had on Thursday directed account holders in financial institutions across the country to complete a new “self-certification” form.

In a series of tweets, the government said the new forms must be obtained, completed, and submitted by all account holders in financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies.

The form must be completed in order to enable financial institutions in Nigeria carry out due diligence in line with extant tax regulations, the government said.

The announcement was, however, greeted with outrage on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Many Nigerians, who commented on the issue, expressed worry over the duplication of such efforts across different departments and agencies of government.

Others wondered why the nation was fixated on such “analogue” and “laborious” means of generating data from its citizens.


In a subsequent tweet on Friday, the government apologised for misleading Nigerians.

“We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons,” the tweet reads.