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|Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Nobody: 5:11pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Neither rock nor roll: Sharia police cancel music festival in northern Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria -- Sharia police ordered the closure of an annual music festival funded and organised by the French embassy in northern Nigeria at the weekend, local officials and diplomats said on Monday.
"We have banned the music festival for the reason that we were not notified and our permission was not sought," Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim, head of the film censorship board in the northern Kano region, told AFP.
The French embassy said they had been told they could not stage the event at the local French cultural centre as they did not have prior authorisation.
"Following a notification by the Kano state censorship board, the Kano festival of music is cancelled" the French embassy said in a statement emailed to AFP.
The embassy has organised the three-night KANFEST music festival for the past six years through its cultural centre in Kano, featuring performances from Nigeria and other African countries as well as French musicians.
Twelve states in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria apply Sharia law, where music and other forms of entertainment are frequently banned or subjected to restrictions.
They didn't make it up on their own. They didn't even steal it from the Wahhabis. Muhammad harbored an intense hostility toward music that is amply documented in Islamic texts
Motorists meander through Murtala Mohammed way beside Abubakar Rimi market in the northern Nigerian city of Kano
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 5:21pm On Mar 16, 2010|
We have a separate Police called Sharia Police?
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by doyin13(m): 5:25pm On Mar 16, 2010|
na wa oo. . .
Even in Mali that is overwhelmingly Muslim. . Even in Senegal
that is overwhelmingly Muslim, Even in Niger that is overwhelmingly
They enjoy Music.
They hold music festivals, their music gives their countries especially
in the case of Mali and Senegal some identity.
Our own Aboki. . .na another tori.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Jairzinho(m): 5:38pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Even in BAHRAIN- an overwhelmingly ARAB MUSLIM NATION , this can NEVER happen
These baggers only visit SAUDI ARABIA & try to copy one of the most backward countries on earth.
SAUDIS themselves don tire for all the nonsense. . . .but malam no go gree
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 5:40pm On Mar 16, 2010|
I just wld like to know if we have special cops called Sharia palice
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by asha80(m): 5:40pm On Mar 16, 2010|
So you do not know?
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Nobody: 5:42pm On Mar 16, 2010|
In every state where Sharia is introduced which is the case in 12 of our northern states, there are Sharia police who implement the Sharia law.
Or how do you think Sharia can work without Sharia police ?
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 5:43pm On Mar 16, 2010|
So if we do, how come the FG will not allow other states to have their own police and take care of their own securities then?
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by asha80(m): 5:46pm On Mar 16, 2010|
when people complain about how the northen muslims flout the constitution and get away with it and a cabal ruling the coun try you think people are just ranting
when people talka about double standards in nigeria this is what u get.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Jairzinho(m): 5:49pm On Mar 16, 2010|
There's nothing like double standards. . . the muslim malams are ready to DIE for their beliefs,but southerners(like me) are too interested in the good things of life hence the 'double standards'.
They want to be goverened like SAUDI ARABIA & are prepared to fight & die for it. !!
The moment all other tribes adopt this ,maybe will have 'equality '
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by 18platoon(m): 5:50pm On Mar 16, 2010|
that was very embarassing, those hisba guys are overzealous, i was having a SALLAH party and they wanted to stop it but i showed them who the boss is, there was no need to stop the concert just over sabi.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by OYBMEND: 5:50pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Sharia Police in Kano is called the Hisbah. Its a Militia formed by Governor Shekarua to defend Sharia
Sharia as a state religion is illegal under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 5:50pm On Mar 16, 2010|
If that was true, then, something has to be done.
Cos the Jehovah Witnesses too cld have JW Cops
Catholic shd have Catholics cops.
SU Cops for Deeper life
Anglican Cops for Anglican goers.
What a nonsense
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Nobody: 5:53pm On Mar 16, 2010|
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by asha80(m): 5:54pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Sorry to add this but i think that attitude is more pronounced in SW nigeria than SS let alone SE.
Too much enjoyment and diplomacy.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by chosen04(f): 5:59pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Yeap. You are absolutely RIGHT
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Jairzinho(m): 6:02pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Not necessarily. The Igbos are businessmen and also care about their financial dealings. Good things of life doesn't refer only to parties etc.
MEND are towing this path & are getting the much needed attention & respect they deserve.
The moment malams realise they may lose all if they continue to insist on this Sharia/Hisbah rubbish,they'll be forced to choose between the future or the past. . . & the rational,educated ones will rise up.
But until then. . . . . SORRY,SORRY O !
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 6:05pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Na true now, and all 6 feet tall people will get cops too . . . .
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by 18platoon(m): 6:07pm On Mar 16, 2010|
look the legality of the creation of this hisbah is in the court, and to be fair to the police they dont joke with this hisbah guys cos there was a time they arrested and charged the commander to court, its all politics.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 6:09pm On Mar 16, 2010|
It is not supposed to be so, cos FG has police department, and if one cld have, others shd be able to have too
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Jairzinho(m): 6:13pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Its all politics. . .but you know once religion comes in. . .its a whole new ball game
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by candylips(m): 6:28pm On Mar 16, 2010|
what brand of islam are they practising in the North sef
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by 18platoon(m): 6:32pm On Mar 16, 2010|
@fhemmey, yeah but the guy was arrested but he was given bail, i think he should've been seriously warned, but its only in kano that you have hisbah, but guys are resisting them.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by Fhemmmy: 6:34pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Guys shd not only resist then, but one shd be able to sue then for assault, if they touch you . . . cos they are not in Nigerian constitution
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by OYBMEND: 11:52pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Power Show: How Gov. Ibrahim Shekaru wields power over life and death in the name of "Sharia"
Wed, 13 May 2009 | Print | E-Mail | PDF | Graphics Version
Honoree fashion designer, Zainab Hamza
Years back, when the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti sang "Power Show", which became one of his famous tracks, little did he know that the phenomenon would be one of the recurring issues in contemporary Nigeria. Only a few days ago, Governor Ibrahim Sheakarau of Kano State bared his fangs as he stopped "City People magazine" from hosting a programme meant to honour one of the leading fashion designers in the state, Zainab Hamza.
Although it was an opportunity for Zainab to exhibit her latest collections, the event was stopped just as it was about to begin by agents of the state governor who threatened that the venue would be set "on fire" if the organisers did not pack up and leave. The setting was the Royal Tropicana Hotel in Kano. The timing was about 8.00pm. Guests had started arriving as early as 7.00pm for the event which was already running behind schedule as the hall was already half filled. The organizers had intended the programme to be the biggest fashion show in Kano and the talk of the town for months to come.
Earlier, and for over six hours, City People staff, in the company of lady Zainab, who is the daughter of a former military Governor, AVM Hamza Abdullahi, had been at the venue assessing the arrangements that had been made to ensure such an outcome. But it was a dream that never came true as agents of the governor arrived and made their intentions known.
City People, the organizers of the show, protested the fact that they had had six weeks of publicity and the guests were already arriving and that Shekaru and his agents could have given enough notice since they knew all along that the event was taking place. The organizers further pointed out that the honoree was an indigene of Kano who had held various fashion shows in the city, and who respected Sharia principles.
But Shekarau was not convinced. Calls were put through to top officials of the Nigerian police in the state. They initially claimed ignorance of the actions of the governor's agents. Later they gave a hint that if it had to do with Sharia, there was no way they would be involved as the local Sharia policemen, "Hisbah" as they are called, are a law unto themselves. The senior police officer even referred to the day’s newspapers where they had accused the Hisbah of disobeying court orders and of constituting a nuisance, stressing that there was no way anyone could win.
Organizers continued to plead, and to press buttons to see if anyone could appeal to the powerful governor. The hotel management disclosed that it was quite obvious that the hotel might have been targeted since a wedding reception was aborted there a few days prior. Some people also disclosed that the Hisbah, which is the Governor’s private army, have become a law unto themselves and that people hire them to bring vengeance on their opponents.
Despite the drizzle that evening, the guests had to go leave in the rains as there was palpable tension. Some dangerous looking young men were already gathering near the Royal Tropicana premises, and nearby, and those who knew Kano feared that all was not well.
It was undoubtedly another wasted opportunity for Kano State which is gradually slipping into anarchy. A large number of the over three hundred guests who had arrived before the show was aborted were expatriates who claimed to have been bored stiff by the lack of social activities in the city. They all went home worried and disappointed. Kano presents one of the few enigmas that Nigeria has become.
Such events as fashion shows, age-group meetings and social gatherings are frowned upon in the name of the Sharia. Unknown to many of those who are being used to fight these wars, the countries of the Middle East, where Sharia was the norm before it was introduced into Nigeria, allow for fashion events. Paradoxically, Kano practices Sharia, yet people freely display and drink alcohol on the streets. Stories abound of top government functionaries committing abominable acts like impregnating underaged girls and hurriedly marrying them or sending them abroad so that no one can confirm when they put to bed are common place here. According to United Nationsstatistics, six out of 10 youths in Kano have tasted hard drugs either in form of lizard excreta or gum solution and/or raw cocaine. The youths are bitter, they cannot direct their energies to anything productive because unemployment is high and there are no recreational facilities. Murdered popular cleric, Ja'afar Adam
The whole city is like a bomb waiting to explode yet, the governor, a former teacher who should know better, is priding himself at having achieved so much for the state.
We even gathered that he has begun surreptitious moves to campaign for the highest post in the land in order to transfer his human rights abuses at the State level to the national level. Close to five Million Naira was spent in arranging the event that was aborted by Shekaru's private militia. This figure does not take into account the waste of time and resources of the guests and scouts, some of whom came all the way from Lagos to see how they could key in into the programme to make inroads into Kano for their businesses.
Movie maker, Hamisu
Efforts to speak to officials of the Kano State government for this story were rebuffed. Obviously, the Governor and his men are happy about the "success" in stopping the honour being given to a deserving indigene, but the people would always laugh last as in 2011they would have another opportunity to throw away leaders who swore to defend the Nigerian constitution yet have spent the last six years denigrating the same constitution and playing God.
It would be recalled that only recently, tension built up again in Kano over revelations on Saharareporters that a popular cleric, Sheikh Ja'afar Adam, was murdered by Shekarau and his agent. The governor has not denied the charge due to the overwhelming evidence provided in the story. Similarly, in another act of intolerance, the governor jailed Hamisu Lamido "Iyan-Tama", one of the pioneers of the Hausa film industry. Hamisu was arrested in May 2008 after his film, Tsintisya, was released. The actor was a 2007 gubernatorial candidate who was accused of not registering his company with the Kano State censorship board and for releasing the film in the state.
|Re: Neither Rock Nor Roll: Sharia Police Cancel Music Festival In Northern Nigeria by OYBMEND: 11:53pm On Mar 16, 2010|
Guess what, Shekarau is plotting to be President of Nigeria.
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