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I’ve the crown already, there’s nothing I can do, hijab-wearing Miss Nigeria replies critics


Shatu Garko, the 44th Miss Nigeria, has berated critics over her participation in the beauty pageant because she is a Muslim.

The Kano State indigene and hijab-wearing queen said it didn’t matter what people say, after all, she has the crown already.

WuzupNigeria reported that Garko emerged the most beautiful girl in Nigeria at the pageant held at the Landmark Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, on December 17, 2021.

But the Commander General of the Kano Hisbah Board, Harun Ibn-Sina, said that the Sharia Police would invite the parents of Garko for allowing her to participate in the Miss Nigeria pageant.

Garko, who wore a hijab during the pageant, had won the beauty pageant and took home the prize of N10m, one-year residency in a luxury apartment, brand new car, and many brand ambassadorship opportunities.

Speaking in an interview on Friday, Garko told BBC Pidgin, “No one has called me but I’ve gotten so many comments and DMs that ‘I was naked’, ‘I’m doing the wrong thing.

“Honestly, Nigerians like judging people. Many people said the president paid for me to get the crown; others said my state governor paid to get crowned. Some people said my parents paid Miss Nigeria for me to get crowned but that’s not true.

“Some people who are not even Muslims said that I’m spoiling the Miss Nigeria culture. Honestly, I don’t reply them, I don’t say anything, I just move on. The crown is already on my head so there is nothing I can do.”

The teenager said she hopes to use her crown to “eliminate menstrual poverty and educate young girls on menstrual hygiene”.