Blasphemy: US govt says death sentence on Kano singer must be overturned

Blasphemy: US govt says death sentence on Kano singer must be overturned

- The United States has faulted the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for alleged blasphemy

- The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the verdict of the Kano Sharia court

- The commission stated that the death sentence was a violation of human rights

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The United States has condemned the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated on social media.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a statement on August 11, said the Nigerian government must overturn the death sentence on the 22-year-old musician.

Blasphemy: US govt says death sentence on Kano singer must be overturned

The US government said blasphemy laws are inconsistent with universal human rights standards. Photo Credit: Nairaland forum
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"The Nigerian government must overturn Sharif-Aminu’s death sentence and repeal blasphemy laws still present in state-sponsored courts," Tony Perkins, the vice-chairperson of USCIRF stated.

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The US government said blasphemy laws are inconsistent with universal human rights standards because they fail to respect recognised rights, including freedom of religion and expression.

Similarly, Frederick A. Davie, who serves as the USCIRF commissioner said it was unconscionable for Sharif-Aminu to be sentenced to the death for merely expressing his beliefs through music.

Meanwhile, the Kano state council of Friday mosque Imams has urged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sign the death warrant of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a sharia court for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

The Nation newspaper, citing the Kano Focus, reported that the council commended the Upper Shari’a court for passing the death sentence on the musician.

Muhammad Nasir Adam, who chairs the council warned Muslims to refrain from supporting any move capable of denting the image of the prophet of Islam, The Nation newspaper reported.

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In other news, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a popular cleric known for his prophetic messages has called on the Kano authorities not to carry out the death-sentenced passed on a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemy.

The preacher and leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church warned that the killing of the Kano-based musician will amount to spilling the blood of the innocent.

According to PM News, Primate Elijah Ayodele gave the warning in a statement issued on Friday, August 14.

He noted that the killing of Shariff will be against the love and tolerance that religion preaches.

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