Kano state Hisbah board has announced that it will be inviting parents of Shatu Garko, the winner of 2021 Miss Nigeria.
Recall that Garko from Kano state, became the first hijab-wearing contestant to clinch the much-coveted crown since the pageant debuted in 1957.
Haruna Ibn-Sina, Kano Hisbah board commandant who disclosed plans to invite the new Miss Nigeria’s parents in an interview with BBC Pidgin, described Garko’s participation in the beauty pageant as “illegal”.
Ibn-Sina added that participation in beauty pageantries is against Islamic tenets, and Garko’s action could encourage other girls to do same.
“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.
“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.”
Ibn-Sina also backed the claim with some verses from the Quran, and further claimed that such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved. The Hisbah Commandant also said that organisers of such beauty pageants are at the risk of God’s wrath.
“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 exposing their bodies during the event while such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved.”