Tambuwal said that the state’s Hisba is not in conflict with the Nigerian constitution but an establishment to complement and work in collaboration with the nation’s security forces.
He said the Hisba in Sokoto is neither state police nor shariah police but a community policing mechanism put in place to support the security forces through the provisions of intelligence and other support services and not to discriminate against adherent of other faith.
Tambuwal emphasized the need to accommodate one another while urging citizens to be law-abiding and respect the norms and traditions of their host communities as they engage in their lawful businesses.
“Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that consider Friday as a holy day,” the letter signed by the Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated.
It added that “in view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony and stability in the state.”
The Kano State Hisbah Board is charged with enforcing Sharia law in Kano State. Black Friday, an informal term used for the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day in the United States, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
It is widely used as a promotional day for promotional sales and goods are sold at discounted rates.