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The 44th Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko Slams At Her Critics

The Miss Nigeria crown was already on Shatu Garko's head, and there was nothing she could do about it, according to the 18-year-old hijab-wearing queen.
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Shatu Garko, the 44th Miss Nigeria

Shatu Garko, the 44th Miss Nigeria, has attacked individuals who have chastised her for competing in the beauty contest because she is a Muslim.

The Miss Nigeria crown was already on her head, and there was nothing she could do about it, according to the 18-year-old hijab-wearing queen.

Hisbah, the Sharia Police, had said that her involvement was unlawful and against Islam's teachings.

Shatu Garko, the 44th Miss Nigeria

Garko was crowned the winner of the beauty contest and received N10 million in prize money, a one-year stay in a luxury apartment, a brand new automobile, and other brand ambassadorship chances.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director of the Muslim Rights Concern, had also endorsed the Hisbah Board's decision to question Garko's parents, claiming that the beauty contest was similar to the television reality program Big Brother Naija.

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

Shatu Garko, the 44th Miss Nigeria

“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 me crowned. Some people said my parents paid for me to get crowned but that’s not true,” she told BBC Pidgin.

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

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

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