Miss Nigeria: Hisbah thugs should leave Shatu Garko alone, says Farooq Kperogi


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US-based Nigerian social commentator Farooq Kperogi reacted to a statement from the Kano State Islamic Council, also known as Hisbah Police, regarding Shatu Garko’s participation in the Miss Nigeria pageant.

Shatu Garko is the first woman to wear the hijab to win the crown of Miss Nigeria since the inception of the beauty pageant.



Recall that a few days ago, BBC Pidgin reported that Hisbah Commander Haruna Ibn-Sina said Garko’s parents would be asked to answer questions about their daughter’s actions.

Hisbah also said the young woman’s participation in a beauty pageant was against Islam and her action may inspire other women to act in the same way.

Reacting in a column on Saturday, Kperogi condemned Hisbah’s position, calling it hypocrisy.

He wrote: “It is evident that the cowardly and backward rubes that make up Hisbah in Kano regain their moral machismo only when they confront certain types of people.

“The insane and judgmental mob of theocratic thugs called Hisbah whose anti-prostitution commander was caught stooping at a Kano hotel in an adulterous relationship with a married woman in February of this year, whose moral antenna s stop when elite children violate Sharia codes, whose irritating primitivism is a permanent source of embarrassment to all reasonable Muslims, chooses to intimidate Shato Garko, the Kano-born winner wearing the beauty pageant hijab Miss Nigeria.

“When the daughter of the Emir of Kano married Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Sharia protocols and Islamic dress standards were not only openly and willfully violated, we also saw videos of the descendants. from the upper crust of northern Muslim elites rehearse and dance aloud. to sexually explicit lyrics to notoriously steamy pop songs.

* It is evident that the cowardly, retarded rubes that make up Hisbah in Kano regain their moral machismo only when they confront certain types of people. Sadly, they have a large admiration society in northern Nigeria where misogynistic bullying of high-profile, successful Muslim women is a favorite pastime.

“In fact, a sitting governor and senator from Yobe state (who brought Sharia law to his state!) Wives in a dirty, cheap brothel. There was no outrage on the part of the self-proclaimed moral police. On the contrary, most of them defended the senator’s right to privacy and warned against exposing another Muslim to ridicule. Between being stripped of a hijab and indulging in adultery – and being unrepentant when caught, as the senator was – what is more worthy of moral outrage?

“The self-proclaimed male moral police that is obsessed with what Muslim women wear and don’t wear will not admit that if they too are judged by the standards and demands of the religion they claim to uphold, they will all come short. All of us. Most of them don’t look down when they meet women (which is precisely why they perversely proclaim the “nudity” of clothed women and regard them as “sex workers”), they hang out with them. banks that traffic riba, have pre- and extramarital sex, etc. Why do they think their own transgressions are more tolerable and defensible than a Muslim woman’s choice not to wear a hijab?

“This is not a repudiation of the dress code prescribed for women in Islam. It’s just an admission that we are all imperfect beings. We all have strengths in some areas and weaknesses in others. It is unfair to estimate the total worth of people by just one weakness.

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