Kano Hisbah to arrest parents of Shatu Garko, 2021 Miss Nigeria for allowing her contest.
Glamtush reports that Kano State Hibah commander Haruna Ibn Sina says parents of 2021 Miss Nigeria winner, Shatu Garko may be arrested and interrogated for allowing their daughter to participate in the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant for 2021, describing it as “illegal” and contrary to Islamic beliefs.
This online platform earlier reported that Garko, 18, of Kano, recently emerged as the 44th Miss Nigeria and the first hijab wearing Muslim to win the beauty pageant.
Reacting to Miss Garko’s victory in the beauty pageant in an interview with BBC Pidgin, Mr Ibn Sina said participating in a pageant is “forbidden” for Muslims from Kano, a northern Nigerian state with strict Sharia practices.
Mr Ibn Sina said they had confirmed that Garko’s parents are living in Kano and will soon be brought into custody and interrogated for the role their daughter played in the beauty contest, the BBC Pidgin reported on Wednesday morning.
Though Miss Garko participated in the pageant adorning her hijab, the Hisbah commander further condemned the exercise as a whole, saying it was against Quranic instruction.
Before now, Hisbah, which was adopted in many northern states in early 2000, had banned tailors, supermarkets and boutique owners from using mannequins to display clothes in the state.