Miss Nigeria risks arrest as Hisbah police declare beauty pageant forbidden
Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko
The Kano State Hisbah Board, aka Sharia Police, is set to invite the parents of the 44th Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko, over their daughter’s ‘illegal’ participation in the beauty pageant.
The 18-year-old Garko become the first hijabi to win the Miss Nigeria pageant since its inception in 1957.
Hisbah noted that it was legal for her to participate in any beauty contest in the Islam religion.
“We (Hisbah) have confirmed that Shatu Garko is a muslim from Kano state and her parents come from Garko Local government area. Kano is a sharia state and this is why we would not allow the matter to pass.
“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 in case they don’t know so that she would not continue in that path and also stop other girls from copying her,” the Hisbah boss, Sheik Ibn Sina said.
According to the Hisbah boss, it was forbidden for one to contest in any beauty contest under the Muslim religion.