Shari’ah council asks Kano government to execute singer accused of blasphemy

The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria has urged the Kano state government to execute 22-year-old singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was found guilty of blasphemy few weeks ago.

This was made known in a recently released statement by the secretary of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah, who berated those asking for the convict to be pardoned.

It added that the case is purely an Islamic affair and in consonance with the religion, culture and wishes of not only the people of Kano but the majority of the population of Nigeria who are Muslims

The statement read;

“The calls by some so-called human rights groups to pardon the culprit should not deter the state government from doing the right thing.

“This case is purely an Islamic affair, in consonance with the religion, culture and wishes of not only the people of Kano, but the majority of the population of Nigeria who are Muslims.

“The council further wishes to emphatically remind all Nigerians especially the secular human rights groups that the judgement is in line with the Supreme Court judgement.”

Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) in Kano State, also gloried the death sentence given to 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over an alleged blasphemy against Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

The statement read;

“The position of the Law under Shari’a is that any sane and adult muslim, who insults, defames, or utters words or acts which are capable of bringing into disrepute, odium, contempt of the holy Prophet, such a person has committed a serious crime punishable by death.

“The general public should understand that Shari’a is a Muslim Law applicable only to Muslims. Any person who accepts to be Muslim must obey the provisions of Shari’a, whether it pleases him or not. Those who are not followers of Islamic faith should be reminded that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees Nigerians to practice and observe the religion of their choice and be bound by its Laws and principles.

“We urge the Executive arm of Kano State government to ensure strict compliance to the Judgement, as part of its commitment towards proper implementation of Sharia.”

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