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Blasphemy: I Will Sign Death Warrant Against Kano Singer – Ganduje Vows

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Gov Abdullahi Ganduje

His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has on Thursday vow to sign the death warrant issued against a Kano-based singer, Yahya Aminu-Sharif, over blasphemous song against Prophet Muhammad, PBUH.

CableNews recalled that an Upper Shariah Court sitting in the state had convicted Mr Aminu-Sharif of blasphemy and sentenced him to death by hanging after finding him culpable of the crime.

In March 2020, the 22-year-old singer had composed a song and shared same on WhatsApp groups, containing blasphemous lines against the Prophet of Islam, a situation that elicited public outcry.

Speaking after a stakeholders meeting over the issue on Thursday, Mr Ganduje noted that the convict had been given a 30-day grace to appeal the judgement, adding that failure to do so, he would waste no time in signing the execution order.

He added that, “in the event the convict appeal the judgement, we shall wait and follow the case up to the appeal court. If he further appeals to the Supreme Court, we shall follow the case there.

“If the Supreme Court upholds the two lower court judgements, the governor of Kano state will not add one minute to sign the execution order,” Mr Ganduje stressed.

Ganduje also lamented the growing incidences of blasphemy in recent times, stressing that the government would not rest on its ores until it contains the situation.

While recalling how the government had made a great effort to calm the city against a possible crisis that might arise in the wake of the case, Mr Ganduje noted that the government had keenly followed the case up to the Upper Shariah Court in order to ensure justice was done.

Ganduje also commended security agencies for being up-and-doing to avert possible break down of law and order in the state.

In their respective remarks, the Islamic clerics expressed their support for the governor to sign the warrant, noting that it is the only way forward for any abuse against the prophet.

The clerics urged the governor not to be deterred from the actions of the human right organisations, noting that the Islamic religion had outlined punishment against any person that abuses the Holy Prophet and his family.

©️ CableNews 2020

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