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We’ve never contemplated banning women from driving — Kano govt

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The Kano State government has said that it has never contemplated banning women from driving in the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that social media was awashed with a trending story on Wednesday over a purported plan by the government of Kano state, through the advice of some Islamic scholars, to ban women from driving, regardless of their faith in the state.

However, the government, through the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Thursday, described the report as fallacious.

Mr Garba stated that the government had in no time contemplated on the matter, adding that “the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.”

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“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,” the statement reads in part.

The commissioner pointed out that “if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace,”

The commissioner noted that “even Saudi Arabia, which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving had, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.”

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Mr Garba expressed delight that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban had already dissociated themselves from the story.

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