Some Nigerians have flooded social media to register their anger and disapproval over the death sentence handed to a Kano-based singer accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22-year-old native of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was sentenced to death by hanging on Monday by an upper Sharia court in the state after he was found guilty of committing blasphemy in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

The singer was accused of glorifying an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent where he was said to have elevated the cleric above the prophet — a development that had provoked riots in the metropolis.

While Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, the judge who presided over the case, said he could appeal against the verdict.

The death sentence has, however, provoked outrage on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where a number of Nigerians have taken to express their anger.

“A death penalty for blasphemy is no different from terrorists killing people for being “infidels”. A death penalty for blasphemy is terrorism,” a Twitter user said.

“Nothing, and I mean nothing should ever warrant the killing of anyone for anything they’ve said. This is repulsive and regressive. Death sentencing for blasphemy is a human rights violation and the FG must act to stop the sentence from being carried out,” another user said.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:

 

 



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