A Sharia court in Northern Nigeria state has sentenced a singer to death by hanging for blasphemy.
The 22-year old singer sentenced to death for committing ‘blasphemy’ against Prophet Muhammad in a song he shared over Whatsapp.
Nigerians have taken to Twitter to protest over Yahaya Aminu Sharif, a resident of Kano city in the state capital Kano, was handed the death sentence on Monday.
In a statement by Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, spokesman for Kano region justice ministry, said: ‘The court handed down the death sentence as enshrined in Islamic laws based on irrefutable evidence and the convict’s admission of guilt.’
Recall that in 2015 the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bashir Ahmad, said: “I can’t pretend or keep silent. I support the death penalty for BLASPHEMY. That’s my belief and I do not and will never support”
I cant pretend or keep silent. I support the death penalty for BLASPHEMY. That's my belief and I do not and will never support #SaveKanoNine
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 1, 2015
According to Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, This is not the first time someone is being punished for blasphemy, The court also sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouq, to 10 years in prison for making derogatory statements toward Allah in an argument with a friend.