28 January 2012
Globalisation and jihadism intersect in the little-known metropolis of
A YEAR ago arrivals on the outskirts to
had to pass a sign forbidding alcohol consumption and banning women from riding on motorbikes. Now it is gone. Kano
The relaxation of sharia rules has come gradually, but it has accelerated with a recent change of guard. Ibrahim Shekarau, the former governor, liked to please radical clerics. He put up pious signs even as prostitutes plied their trade and policemen took bribes from alcohol merchants. When Rabiu Kwankwaso took over last year, he dropped the charade.
For now religious homogeneity in
creates harmony, one resident says. “It allows people to communicate. There is little bitterness or resentment.” But as 10m souls are confined to their homes during a newly imposed night-time curfew following this month’s attack, many will wonder how long until BH strikes again. Kano