Kano State Governor Mr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday backed the death sentence passed on a 22-year-old Aminu Yahaya Sharif, for blasphemy.
Recall that the death sentence was passed on Sharif by a Judge of Kano Upper Shari’ah Court, Aliyu Kani on 10th of August 2020. The judgement was based on Section 382 (b) of Kano Shari’ah Penal Code of 2000.
Speaking after a stakeholders’ meeting over the issue, Mr Ganduje 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,” he said.
“The man who did that, confessed to being a follower of a particular Islamic Sect. But the adherents of those sects 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.”
Ganduje said the state government had accepted the death sentence 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 assured.
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