- Nigerian Shari'ah council has urged Governor Umar Ganduje to execute the Kano blasphemy judgement
- The body said the verdict, which sentenced a 22-year-old singer to death by hanging for insulting Prophet Muhammed is "purely Islamic affairs"
- To the aggrieved non-Muslims, the group said the verdict is in accordance with the law of the country
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Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has been urged to sign the death sentence of Aminu Sharif, a 22-year-old singer, sentenced to death by hanging over alleged blasphemy.
The plea was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, August 18, by Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN) through its secretary-general, Nafi’u Baba-Ahmed.
Legit.ng recalls that in what generated a ripple of controversies, polarised opinions and led to outrage, an upper Shari’a court in Kano sentenced Sharif to death by hanging over allegations that he insulted Prophet Muhammad.
In a verdict by Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani of the Shariah court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey, the 22-year-old singer was found guilty of blasphemy with the judgement stating that he composed a song in which verses were allegedly said to have been attributed to the prophet.
The 22-year-old singer was also said to have circulated the insensitive song via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the judgment of the Kano Islamic court as Nigerians were outraged by the verdict, wondering why captured Boko Haram insurgents were not handed such judgement.
SCSN, however, commended the controversial pronouncement and want the Kano state government to assent the execution of the 22-year-old singer.
“The calls by some so-called human rights groups to pardon the culprit should not deter the state government from doing the right thing as this 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 population of Nigeria who are Muslims.”
“The council reminded Nigerian’s especially the secular human rights group that the judgement is in line with the Supreme Court judgement in the case of Abubakar Shalla vs State (2007) 12 MJSC at page 52 to 53 paragraph G-B. . ." part of the statement read.
The group also urged Muslims to be wary of their utterances against Islam and its prophet.
“We therefore call on Muslims to be mindful of their utterances as the Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Say should say what is right or keep silent,” the Shariah council said.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that the United States has condemned the death sentence passed on Kano singer 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.
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