An Upper court in Kano has sentenced a 22-year old singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani delivered the judgment.
Sharif was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020. According to reports, the song was regarded as blasphemous because it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.
After the WhatsApp song went viral, irate youths angered by it burnt down Shariff’s family home for committing blasphemy as they took their protest to the Islamic Police known as Hisbal.
This pressure from the protesters led to the arrest of Shariff who had gone into hiding. Shariff who pleaded guilty has the chance to appeal the judgment.
Since the news broke of the court sentencing of Shariff to death for blasphemy, Nigerians on social media have condemned the ruling. Some even went as far unearthing tweets by Bashir Ahmad, the personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari. Others have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to pardon Shariff.