A Nigeria man has been sentenced to death by hanging after he was found guilty of blasphemy by a Sharia Court in Kano State, Nigeria.
According to reports, the accused, Yahaya Sharif, a 22-year-old male, was accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed in a song he shared via WhatsApp in March this year.
His song was not well received by many muslims as they took to streets to protest against the song they called an abomination.
The protesters, in rage, torched the singer’s family home and subsequently led a procession to the Kano Hisbah command’s headquarters where they petitioned for the arrest and trial of Yahaya Sharif.
Fast forward to yesterday, the presiding judge of the Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey, Aliyu Kani, issued a verdict, declaring Yahaya Sharif guilty of the accusations levelled against him.
According to the judge’s verdict, Yahaya Sharif’s action was in contravention of Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000.
Reacting to the judge’s pronouncement, several netizens have taken to social media to criticise shar’ia law calling is primitive and barbaric.
Several Nigerians have called on the Nigerian government to scrap the Sharia law, labelling it as backward.
Here are some reactions to the verdict:
An instagram user @queen__vee wrote;
Religion is the worst thing that happened to this country”
Another Instagram user, @nigerian_dishes wrote;
“When religion becomes the death of someone”
Stanleyokechukwu simply noted: “This is barbaric”
Indee it is quite a sad story. GhPage is closely following the story and will bring you updates soon.