Nigerians React As Kano Sharia Court Sentences Singer To Death For Blasphemy Against Prophet Muhammad
Many Nigerians have reacted to the judgement of an Upper Sharia court in Kano state which sentenced a 22-year-old singer to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
It would be recalled that the young man, Yahaya Aminu Sharif was sentenced on Monday, August 10 in an upper Sharia court sitting in Hausawa Quarters in Kano state.
The Shari’a court Khadi, Aliyu Muhammad Kani, found Sharif guilty of the one-count charge bordering on derogatory comment contained in one of his songs.
Sharif was arrested after a protest by hundreds of angry youths in the state where they threatened to take laws into their hands over the song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Prior to the protest, the youths on February 28, stormed the family house of the singer located at Sharifai quarters in Kano Municipal Local Government Area, prompting them to flee their home. The house was then set ablaze by irate youths.
According to Channels TV, Sharif has 30 days to appeal his judgment.
The news has since sparked outrage from both foreigners and Nigerians who found the news disturbing and a ‘human rights violation’.
See some reactions from Twitter users below;
I have already written my thoughts about blasphemy. In detail.
No god should be protected under law. Not one of them impotent entities deserves this. If you have to kill people who say things about your religion then your religion has no place in modern society. Period.
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) August 11, 2020
From d replies to tweets condemning d death sentence of that man in Kano for blasphemy, u could see that many people are one religious boot camp away from becoming terrorists
They already subscribe to the ideology, they just need a trigger to pick up firearms.
We are in Trouble
— Man of Letters. (@Letter_to_Jack) August 11, 2020
Corruption & terrorism -No penalty
Blasphemy on Mohammed – Death penalty.
No religion,Absolutely no religion is worth another man’s life. pic.twitter.com/DqmodT5Hcb
— Olóṣèlú àgbáyé PhD. (@mastermynd101) August 11, 2020
I’m not surprised they are still sentencing people to death for blasphemy in 2020.
When I was in 13, I visited my dad in Niger state. On getting there he told the family, please be careful about what you do or say around mosques. They can k!ll for their religion. Just like that.
— Pastor Ola ✨ (@Biisi96) August 11, 2020
A 22yr old Nigerian singer will soon be hanged for blasphemy in a SECULAR state and the media is quiet about it… Meanwhile, Boko Haram members that have killed thousands are being treated like senior citizens.
If Islam is truly a religion of peace, now is the time to show it.
— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@Uncle_clique) August 11, 2020
You sentenced someone to death because they blasphemy against your religion, what is the person is an atheist and doesn’t believe in a deity?
It is callous and primitive to condemn a human being to death in the name of religion. What differentiates this court” from Boko Haram? pic.twitter.com/PDoRjOcplI
— SAMSON ADEYEMI ⚪ (@minesam_) August 11, 2020
Bashir Ahmad, (Buhari’s media aide) is one of the Muslims in the North who supports “death penalty” for blasphemy under the Sharia Law.
Ask Bashir Ahmad if his Governor Ganduje’s hand, has been cut off since stuffing dollars under his babariga???? pic.twitter.com/WdRdeiJ8zz
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) August 11, 2020
I’m a Muslim, and I stand against death penalty for Blasphemy. ❌
— OTUNBA COFFEE ☕️ (@OtunbaCoff) August 11, 2020
Nothing, and I mean nothing should ever warrant the killing of anyone for anything they’ve said. This is repulsive and regressive. Death sentencing for blasphemy are a human rights violation and the FG must act to stop the sentence from being carried out. https://t.co/TdaYlDOj54
— Fakhrriyyah (@FakhuusHashim) August 10, 2020
Nigeria forgave 600 terrorists but is about to sentence a man to death for blasphemy. I hate it here so much
— , ⚕️ (@fluffyakaraa) August 10, 2020
The same Kano state whose Gov’s agbada is specifically designed to steal states money. Cash. Please lemme see the bank alert y’all receive from whomever he blasphemed against after carrying out the sentence. NO SENSE AT ALL !
— OSHOMAh (@JohnNetworQ) August 10, 2020
The result of the abscence of freedom of speech and thought. This kind of idiocy can be manipulated to come after just about anybody.
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) August 10, 2020
We need to work on the systems of these laws and shouldn’t ignore the fact that human rights are being violated to the maximum here.
— Enioluwa Adeoluwa (@Enioluwa_) August 10, 2020
Quite interesting! Boko Haram members who are killing innocent civilians are pardoned and pampered, but a man is accused of blasphemy, not murder! But deserves a death penalty??? Someone should explain this logic to me! In this same country?
— ‘Tunde Adeparusi (@Tunde_Adeparusi) August 10, 2020
On no acc should any man be killed for blasphemy be it against prophet Mohammed or against Islam as a whole
As a Muslim or not
I still don’t understand what is peaceful about a religion that kils people for running their mouth buh acknowledges people that kil people boko Haram
— lamar moses 🏵️ #BBNaija (@bienosemoses) August 11, 2020
Meanwhile in Kano, they’re beheading another Nigerian for blasphemy. The people who should speak against such despicable evil are supporting it with their loud silence. Time is ticking,2023 is almost upon us. Let’s keep championing “One Nigeria” & PDP vs APC. Nigerians will learn
— Corpus Callosum (@Slick_Snoop) August 11, 2020
Hmm, Blasphemy still exist in a country like Nigeria, I wonder when this country will move on from religion bias, we claim to be more religious while we have most corrupt people in government offices, I shake my head for this country aswear.
— Oladejo (@IAmRhazy) August 11, 2020
This death for blasphemy according to Sharia Law that Northern Nigeria upholds, by all means sends all the wrong signals.
Firstly, it sends to the Islamist extremists of the world that they are welcome here. Secondly, it sends to people of other faith that they are unsafe here.
— 4 (@Probably_Dafe) August 11, 2020
I believed Islam to be a religion of PEACE, but why is a man sentenced to death for blasphemy? Why can’t they just educate him or prolly correct him PEACEFULLY. killing in a NO NO….
— Samuel Michael (@Makavelli_Tgod) August 11, 2020
You want to killed a young musician for blasphemy but you release boko haram who have been killing innocent people why not rehabilitate the young man also.
— Manchester United 4life🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪 (@OdehZik) August 11, 2020
Blasphemy laws are only implementable in a full blown Islamic republic. For us in Nigeria, Shariah laws are only applied to the poor and selective justice is no justice.
— ELTAMA (@eltama007) August 11, 2020
The North is grossly underdeveloped. They are blinded by religion and manipulated by their leaders.
That is why Boko Haram terrorists are pardoned and integrated back to society, and a man who sang a song they term ‘blasphemy’ is sentenced to death.
Alas! It is the will of God.
— Missus (@missuskike) August 11, 2020