January 22, 2009
Sharia Police: Street Protests "Un-Islamic" and "Morally Wrong"
(Kano, Nigeria) The local Sharia Police, or Hisbah, has forced the cancellation of a protest planned by divorced women who complain that they are being forced from their homes, losing their children and becoming destitute.
The Director General of the Hisbah, Saidu Dukawa, said there were also security concerns over the protest.What? Since when?
"We fear what could happen in the streets if there is a large gathering of people, it could get out of control," he told the BBC's Hausa Service.
Large gatherings of people can be volatile in Nigeria, which has been rocked by violence between Muslims and Christians over the last 10 years. [...]
He also said the idea of street protests were "un-Islamic", and "morally wrong".