Kano State Reportedly Set to Stop Women from Driving


By Henry Iheanacho

Kano State Government is allegedly planning to enact a law prohibiting women irrespective of any faith from driving vehicles in the state.

The proposal was made after a closed door meeting between the state government and Council of Ulama held at Sharia Commission during Sallah break, which had the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Tahir and a team of the state’s Ulamas lead by Sheikh Abdulwahab Abdallah BUK in attendance, according to a publication.

Media sources report that a draft bill is undergoing final fine-tuning at the state Ministry of Justice and any time from now, it would be presented to the state House of Assembly for ratification and eventual enactment into law.

It was leant that the resolution was adopted after thorough submissions by Sheikh Abdallah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya who vociferously canvassed for the total ban, as according to him, “allowing women driving in the state represents the darkest moments in our lives as Muslims.”

In his submission, Dr Sani Umar Rijiyar Lemo posited that Kano State should borrow a leaf from Saudi Arabia, which, according to him, “is a society governed by Islamic sharia laws.”

In his remarks, Sheikh Abdallah Pakistan opined that there is no better time to enact such law than now because the state is undergoing Islamic revivalism under Governor Ganduje.

Earlier, the state’s commissioner for Religious Affairs, Baba Impossible, assured the gathering of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s commitment to sanitising Kano from all social vices.

He added that: ”As a Servant of Islam, Governor Ganduje would do everything to ensure Kano is set on the path of sanity, moral rectitude as enshrined by Islam.”

Both Dr Aliyu Umar Al-Furqaan, Prof Salisu Shehu and host of others who spoke during the meeting lend their support for the enactment of law.

The Commander-General of Hisbah Commission, Ustaz Harun Mohammad Ibn Sina said if the bill finally became law, Hisbah would effectively and efficiently enforce it to the letter and punish any offender irrespective of whoever is involved.

The proposed bill, if eventual sign into law, would effectively bar all female gender irrespective of faith from driving any type of automobiles in the state.

Those who attended the meeting include Sheikh Abdallah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya, Sheikh Abdallah Pakistan, Sheikh Abdulwahab Abdallah BUK, Sheikh Sani Umar Rijiyar Lemo, Professor Salisu Shehu, Dr Aliyu Umar Al-Furqaan among others.

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