The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria has endorsed the Kano state government ruling to execute 22-year-old singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, found guilty of blasphemy.
According to the council, the death sentence is in line with Islamic injunctions and cannot be upturned by the country’s Supreme Court.
The council secretary Nafi’u Baba-Ahmad, in a statement berated those asking for the convict to be pardoned.
Baba-Ahmad stressed that the case is purely the wishes of not only the people of Kano but the majority of the population of Nigeria who are Muslims.
It read in parts;
“The calls by some so-called human rights groups to pardon the culprit should not deter the state government from doing the right thing.
“This case is purely an Islamic affair, in consonance with the religion, culture and wishes of not only the people of Kano, but the majority of the population of Nigerian who are Muslims.
“The council further wishes to emphatically remind all Nigerians especially the secular human rights groups, that the judgement is in line with the Supreme Court judgement.”