- The parents of Shatu Garko, the winner of 2021 Miss Nigeria, will be invited for questioning according to the Kano state Hisbah board
- Haruna Ibn-Sina, Kano Hisbah board commandant, said the invitation is to interrogate Garko’s parents over the action of their daughter
- According to him, Garko’s participation in the beauty pageant is against Islamic tenets, adding that such act could encourage other girls to do same
In what will surprise many Nigerians, the Kano state Hisbah board has revealed its intention to invite parents of Shatu Garko over what they described as their daughter’s illegal participation in the beauty pageant, The Cable reports.
Recall that Shatu Garko who is from Kano, recently became the first hijab-wearing contestant to be declared the winner of 2021 Miss Nigeria since the pageant debuted in 1957.
It’s anti-Islamic: Hisbah to invite Miss Nigeria Shatu Garko’s parents over daughter’s participation in pageant
The Hisbah made this known in a chat with BBC Pidgin.
According to Haruna Ibn-Sina, Kano Hisbah board commandant, the invitation is to interrogate Garko’s parents over the action of their daughter.
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“We (Hisbah) has confirmed that Shatu Garko is a Muslim from Kano state and her parents come from Garko LGA. Kano is a Sharia state and this is why we will not allow the matter to die like that,” he said.
“We will invite the parents to talk to them about the actions of their daughter and the fact that what she did is illegal in Islam. This is to make them know that she cannot continue that path and also stop other girls from copying her.”
Going further, the Kano Hisbah commandant cited several verses in the Quran and teachings in Islam to show Garko’s action is “illegal”.
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“In Islam, it is forbidden for anyone to participate in a beauty contest. A lot of things happen in such contest which is against Islam. For instance, there is usually a lot of people usually exposure their body exposure during the event while such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved."
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Shatu Garko, an 18-year-old lady was crowned the 44th Miss Nigeria, succeeding Etsanyi Tukura, a native of Taraba state, 43rd winner of the 2019 Miss Nigeria contest.
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