The Governor of Kano State in Nigera, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday, explicitly stated his readiness to sign the death sentence judgment on an alleged blasphemy by a 22-year-old musician, Aminu Yahaya Sharif by a Judge of Kano Upper Shari’ah Court.
The Judge who goes by the name of Aliyu Kani, said that he made his judgment based on Section 382 (b) of Kano Shari’ah Penal Code of 2000.
Governor Ganduje made the declaration during a special meeting held at the Government House in Kano.
“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 kind of 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 that sect rejected him right away. So, we need to understand the importance of this judgment. 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.”
He further disclosed that the executive arm of the state government had accepted the death sentence verdict and the rule 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 declared.
Ganduje then went on to commend the court on its “professional” handling of the matter. He also had words of commendations for sections of the Kano State society for not fomenting trouble as the case was being judged in court, adding 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 Supreme Court. So if that happens, I will not waste time in approving the verdict right away. And the second issue is, if the victim did not take up the case to appellate courts, I will not waste time to give the approval for the execution. I will not take more than few minutes to accept the verdict,” he added.
Ganduje made this announcement in the presence of the Commissioner of Police, Director State Security Service, representative of Christian Association of Nigeria, Eze Ndigbo in Kano, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe; representatives of Nigerian Bar Association, representatives of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, and Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centre among others.
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