The Kano Hisbah Board, also referred to as the Islamic police has defined why it treats the wealthy and the poor otherwise whereas implementing a few of its guidelines.
A director of the Islamic police, Aliyu Kibiya gave the reason when he featured on a Freedom Radio programme.
According to Kibiya, it’s towards the tenets of Islam to publicly criticise a frontrunner.
He stated, “Although we call on everybody in the society to do the right thing, we make the call on a case by case basis.
“It is against the tenets of Islam to mount the podium and call out leaders. There are ways to caution a leader without criticising him in public.”
Hisbah had recently come under intense pressure to act on some pictures of the daughter of the Emir of Bichi who recently got married to President Muhammadu Buhari’s only son.
A video of the wedding party shows Nigerian singer, Mayorkun singing and some of the party attendees spotting Afro, Mohawk, or any of the hairstyles Kano State Hisbah has labelled as “unIslamic” and an insult to Islam.
Also, secular songs Hisbah has vehemently frowned upon had been performed on the celebration, with younger northern women and men dancing to them.
All these have attracted punishments from Kano Hisbah, in instances the place poor Nigerians had been concerned.
Noting the hypocrisy exhibited by the Islamic police, which had been nowhere to be discovered in the course of the marriage ceremony, human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore had stated, “Yusuf Buhari’s wedding and the Kano Hisbah that shaves the head of poor people but was nowhere to be found around the highly secular Muhammadu Buhari son’s wedding: One country, two laws -One is applicable to the poor and the other is applicable to rich and highly connected. Who says poverty is not a CRIME? #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo.”
Ironically, Hisbah has been infamous for shaving the heads of poor northerners with Afro, Mohawk, and different hairstyles termed as “unIslamic” by the bias Islamic police.
Similarly, in February, a barber from Benue State, Elijah Ode, was arrested by Kano Hisbah within the Sabongari space of the state for giving his clients haircuts stated to have offended the Islamic religion.
Two of Ode’s clients had been additionally tortured for having such “offensive” haircuts.
The spiritual police pressure reportedly arraigned Ode and had him remanded.
Recently, after it was knocked by the general public for being silent on the images of the bridal bathe of Buhari’s daughter-in-law, Hisbah responded by prohibiting the sharing of the bridal bathe images.
SaharaReporters had reported that some Nigerians highlighted Zahra’s robe, a part of which is constructed from a clear materials, whereas others identified that she didn’t have her hair lined as is normally carried out by Muslim ladies.
The Islamic police described sharing the images on-line by Muslims as a sin.
Meanwhile, the Islamic police have since banned fashionable haircuts, sagging of trousers, and enjoying of music at social occasions by disk jockeys.
Hisbah additionally banned business bikes and tricycle riders from carrying two ladies at a time.
Of latest, the Kano State Hisbah Board banned the usage of mannequins to show garments by tailors, supermarkets, and boutique homeowners within the state.
Hisbah Commander-in-Chief, Ustaz Harun Muhammad Sani Ibn Sina, had stated the usage of mannequins by tailors, boutique homeowners, and others contravenes the availability of Islamic injunctions.
He added that the company would educate offenders on how Islam frowns on the usage of mannequins and ship its officers to apprehend and prosecute them.