– The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared his readiness to sign the execution order on Sharif-Aminu
– Ganduje said he is in support of the death sentence passed on the singer for alleged blasphemy
– The governor stated that the singer has 12 days left to file an appeal
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The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared his readiness to sign the execution order of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a Sharia court for alleged blasphemy.
Ganduje made the disclosure on Thursday, August 27, during a meeting with religious clerics in Kano state, The Nation reported.
He said he is in support of the death sentence passed on the singer for blasphemy, arguing that what the court did was right.
He stated that he will not waste any time in signing the death warrant of the singer.
“The state government has accepted the death sentence verdict and the rule of law 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,” the governor said.
He stated that following the August 10 judgment, the convict had 30 days to appeal which exhausts at the Supreme Court.
The governor however stated that if the singer fails to appeal the verdict, he will be killed.
“Today (Friday), he has 12 days left to file an appeal, failure to which he will be killed,” the governor stated.
“If he does not appeal within the 30 days, I, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano, will sign the death warrant.
“If he exhausts his appeal at the Supreme Court, I will not waste a minute to sign the death warrant.
Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated on social media.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a statement on August 11, said the Nigerian government must overturn the death sentence on the 22-year-old musician.
The US government said blasphemy laws are inconsistent with universal human rights standards because they fail to respect recognised rights, including freedom of religion and expression.
In another news, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a popular cleric known for his prophetic messages has called on the Kano authorities not to carry out the death-sentence passed on a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemy.
The preacher and leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church warned that the killing of the Kano-based musician will amount to spilling the blood of innocent.
According to PM News, Primate Elijah Ayodele gave the warning in a statement issued on Friday, August 14.
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