A former Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Assembly, Shehu Sani, has blasted the Kano State Hisbah Board for banning Black Friday sales in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Black Friday is the day after the U.S holiday of Thanksgiving, regarded as the first day of the Christmas shopping season, on which retailers make many special offers.
Recall that the Kano Islamic police had written to state-based Cool FM, banning the mentioning of Black Friday in their programmes, saying Friday is holy in the state.
Taking a swipe on the directive on Friday via his Twitter handle, the Senator said the call was “nonsensical”, urging them to focus on killings and kidnappings in the North.
“Friday is our sacred day of prayer as Muslims. Whatever colour is added to it doesn’t matter. Hisbah’s threats against the phrase ‘Black Friday’ is nonsensical.
“They should focus on the killings and kidnappings going on in their domains. Their services are needed in the battlefield,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the command, in a letter signed by Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander General and addressed to the station manager of Cool FM, requested the media house to stop the act with immediate effect, adding that Kano people consider Friday as a holy day.
“I am directed to write and notify you that the office is in receipt of a complaint about the conduct of Black Friday Sales on 27th November, 2020.
“Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’. We want to further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano state are Muslims that consider Friday as Holy Day.
“In view of the foregoing you are requested to stop calling the day as Black Friday with immediate effect and note that 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 letter said.