Kano Government Orders Hisbah Police to Crack Down on LGBTQ Advocates.

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Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has reportedly ordered the state’s religious police, popularly referred to as Hisbah, to crack down on groups suspected of advocating for causes that promote Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexual, Trans-sexual and Queer (LGBTQ) practices across the state.

The call follows several online protests against human rights advocacy groups who, several residents of the state, accuse of hosting and promoting events that cater to members of the LGBTQ community. One of the most prominent voices on social media is a former media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmed, who wrote on his X handle accusing one of such groups of “promoting LGBTQ activities in Northern Nigeria,” adding that it “has abruptly deactivated their Instagram accounts where they shared photos of their activities, changed their bio on Twitter and locked the account, and also deleted videos on their TikTok”.

“However, they have forgotten to take down their website where they openly state their intentions and recruit unsuspecting individuals.

“We will not stop here. We call on the authorities to take immediate action by revoking their license and pursuing legal action against those involved in these illegal and disgusting activities, which are prohibited by our law,” Bashir Ahmed wrote.

The Kano state commissioner for information, Baba Dantiye, while speaking to journalists on Sunday in Kano said the governor has directed the Hisbah Board to look into those accusations.  

 “I spoke with the governor, and he expressed his disapproval of the said agreement, even though it has not yet been confirmed. He assured me that there is no room for LGBT activities in Kano.

“As you know, 98% of Kano’s population are Muslims by faith, and our religion is against this immorality, so we can’t accept it,” the commissioner said.

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