Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has thrown his weight behind the death sentence passed on a 22-year-old singer, Aminu Yahaya Sharif, for blasphemy.
Recall that the sentence was passed on Sharif by a Judge of Kano Upper Shari’ah Court, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, on August 10, 2020. The judge ordered he should be hanged to death. The judgement was based on Section 382 (b) of Kano Shari’ah Penal Code of 2000.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the issue on Thursday, Ganduje applauded the judgement.
The governor stated that he would not hesitate to sign the warrant for the execution of Sharif if he fails to appeal the verdict or exhausts his appeal at the Supreme Court.
He noted that the convict was given a thirty-day grace to appeal the judgement, adding that the state government had no right to execute any decision within the stated period.
“What happened is so important to the state and to the security of the state and the nation in general. What the Court did is absolutely right. And we support it completely. Such an irresponsible act, if not because of the state power, nobody could know what would happen in the future,” Ganduje said.
“The man who did that, confessed to be a follower of a particular Islamic Sect. But the adherents of those Sect rejected him right away. So we need to understand the importance of this judgement. We are lucky that Scholars maintained that it wasn’t a case for a particular Sect, but rather of one who just decided to derail.
“The state government has accepted the death sentence verdict and the rule of law surrounding the case. I will not waste time in signing the warrant for the execution of the man who blasphemed our Holy Prophet of Islam.”
He also commended how the court handled the case and commended all sections of the society for not fomenting trouble when the case was in the court, stating that, “Our eyes are there following everything bit by bit. We thank Almighty Allah, that the court sitting went on successfully.”
“Lawyers just told us that the case could go up to the Supreme Court. If he does not appeal within the 30 days, I, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano, will sign the death warrant. If he exhausts his appeal at the Supreme Court, I will not waste a minute to sign the death warrant,” he added.
Leaders of the Muslim Ulamahs, who represented the three major sects of Islam: Izalah, Tijjaniyya and Kadiriyya, at the gathering, unanimously hailed the judgement.
The meeting was attended by the state Commissioner of Police, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Director SSS, Controller Kano Correctional Service, Islamic clerics of different sects and lawyers, among others.