Abubakar Shekau, a factional leader of Boko Haram terrorist group in a new audio, has condemned the Kano State death sentence.
NewsWireNGR recalls that a musician in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano was Monday sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.
An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.
According to the factional #BokoHaram leader in a statement posted and made available to our media partner, HumAngle, “there is no difference between the ‘blasphemer’ and those who sentenced him to death. .”
The singer who is currently in detention, had gone into hiding after he composed the song.
Protesters had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, known as the Hisbah, demanding action against him.
The leader of the protesters that called for the musician’s arrest in March, Idris Ibrahim, told the BBC that the judgement will serve as a warning to others “contemplating toeing Yahaya’s path”.”When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn’t in vain.
“This [judgement] will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free,” he said.