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Kano Governor Yusuf Orders Crackdown on LGBTQ Advocacy

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Kano Governor Yusuf has ordered Hisbah Board to crack down on groups promoting LGBTQ rights, citing state’s moral standards.

Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has directed the Islamic Shariah Board (the Hisbah Board) to crack down on groups suspected to be promoting and advocating the cause of the LGBTQ rights in the state.

While addressing concerns on the rising tension over the activities of groups promoting same-sex marriage in the state, the State Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs Baba Dantiye, said same sex marriage has breached the state’s moral standard of Kano people.

According to Dantiye, the state government will not accept any agreement that promotes the activities of gays and lesbians, as it contravenes the norms and values of the people of Kano.

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

“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.”

Regarding allegations of groups promoting LGBT activities in the state, the commissioner stated that the government has received citizens’ concerns and the governor has ordered Hisbah to investigate and take action against these groups.

“We also discussed this with the governor, and he directed Hisbah to investigate and crack down on them. We will take legal action as appropriate.”

The information Commissioner also, hinted about an ongoing consultations with religious leaders on how to curb such activities in the state.

Ahmad Sorondinki

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