Governor Ganduje says he will sign the death warrant of Kano musician for blasphemy.
NewsOne Nigeria reports that Abdullahi Ganduje, who is the governor of Kano state, northern Nigeria, said that he will sign the death warrant passed on a Kano-based singer, Sharif Yahya Aminu, for blasphemy.
In a statement, Governor Ganduje noted that the Kano musician has right to appeal the judgement up to Supreme Court, “but I assure you that immediately the Supreme Court affirms the judgment, I will sign it without any hesitation.”
Governor Ganduje, who was speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of Ullamas, lawyers, university dons and other persons at Government House, Kano, Thursday, said he is ready to sign the death warrant once all avenues are exhausted.
The Kano state governor said no basis of any violence approach to the matter because the government is on the top of the situation.
“We have been following this matter from all angles and we will not leave any stone unturned until full justice is achieved.
“I will like to commend the Ullamas and the youths for their maturity in handling the matter if not it would have been a different story by now.
“But for now, the man is having the grace of 30 days to appeal, if he does so, we will follow the matter to the Supreme Court, but if he doesn’t, immediately the days elapse, I will sign the death warrant and that is our position.”
While speaking in support of the death sentence, Professor Saleh Pakista and others gave Islamic perspectives on the matter and insisted that the position is to kill the man.
Chairman of Kano State chapter of Islamic Lawyers, Barrister Muhammad Sani Garba, on his part, said Muslims lawyers would follow the matter to Supreme Court and ensure that the death penalty stands, while Barrister Aminu Gadanya Kano NBA Chairman, explained that they support the verdict, but reminded them that the man has right to appeal.