The resignation of Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, the Commander General of the Kano State Hisbah Board, on Friday morning, amid criticism from Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf regarding his operational methods, presents a significant obstacle to Kano’s efforts in combating immorality,Daily Trust reports.

Sheikh Aminu Daurawa announced his resignation via a viral video shared on his Facebook page while attending a retreat with Kano lawmakers in Kaduna. In the video, he expressed dismay over statements from Governor Yusuf that had demoralized him, citing his efforts to instill moral discipline and effect behavioral change through Hisbah’s initiatives.

Governor Yusuf had voiced displeasure during a meeting with imams at the Government House, particularly criticizing Hisbah’s handling of raids on establishments deemed disreputable, especially incidents involving the forceful apprehension of individuals, including adolescents. This critique coincided with the controversy surrounding the release of Murja Kunya, a TikTok celebrity, under unclear circumstances.

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Despite denying rumors of resignation earlier, Sheikh Daurawa ultimately stepped down, feeling that the governor’s remarks signaled a lack of support for Hisbah’s activities. The timing of Governor Yusuf’s comments, amid ongoing debates over morality and enforcement, further heightened tensions.

Prominent Islamic clerics, such as Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya and Sheikh Sani Rijiyar Lemo, have called for reconciliation, emphasizing Sheikh Daurawa’s invaluable contributions to Hisbah’s mission and urging the governor to reconsider his stance.

Residents of Kano have expressed mixed reactions, with some criticizing the governor for undermining Hisbah’s efforts and potentially emboldening immoral behavior. There is a consensus among many that Sheikh Daurawa’s resignation is regrettable and could have been avoided through dialogue and support from the state government.

The situation underscores the ongoing struggle against immorality in Kano and the complexities surrounding religious enforcement efforts, highlighting the need for constructive engagement and cooperation among stakeholders.


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