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Book-Burning Nigerian Minister Of Education Explains Why He Did It As Governor Of Kano

August 24, 2014

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Nigeria's minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau

In 2007 Shekarau as Governor of Kano State in Northern Nigeria publicly burned Hausa romance novels and materials he described as pornographic and immoral to the customs and traditions of Northern Nigeria society, he banned actors and  subjected Hausa authors to what human rights campaigners described as a "heavy-handed" censorship board. Writers in Kano State had to go to court and Shekarau was forced to settle out of court and slow down on his censorship, his local enforcers comprised of religious militants had a field day moralising for writers, authors and those they describe as 'immorals'. 
Kayode Ogundamisi met Nigeria's Education Minister,Ibrahim Shekerau, at a London event organised by UK based BEN-TV and sought clarification from him why as Governor he had to personally enforce and publicly lead the burning of books and movies.