Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Kano state branch has declared that the death penalty issued against a 22-year-old singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif is in order.
The lawyers in their argument said the Shariah court ruling is supported by previous Supreme Court rulings.
Naija News recalls the decision of the Kano Upper Shariah Court that sentenced the young singer to death for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad has continued to attract various reactions.
The lawyers in their own reaction, stated that “the Supreme Court has decided in the case of Abubakar Shalla Vs State (2007) 12 MJSC at page 52-53 paragraph G-B that the position of the Law under Shariah is that any sane and adult Muslim, who insult, defames, or utter words or acts which are capable of bringing into disrepute, odium, contempt of the holy prophet (peace be upon him) such a person has committed a serious crime which is punishable by death.”
This was contained in a statement signed by Muhammad Sani Garba Esq, Chairman of the group, and made available to newsmen on Saturday.
The statement added that Nigeria’s constitution allows people to practice the dictates of their religion and that any Muslim undrstands that the Shariah law is applicable to him/her.
Read the full statement below:
“The attention of Muslim Lawyers’ Association (MULAN) has been drawn to a criminal case C.O.P. Vs Shariff Yahaya Sharifai No. CR/43/2020 decided on 10th August, 2020 by the Upper Shariah Court sitting at Hausawa in Kano State where the accused person was charged, tried, and convicted for the offence of blasphemy against the holy prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
“The case has attracted a lot of discussion from within and outside the state. Even among our learned colleagues, some have supported the decision while others opposed it.
“However, having examined the proceedings of the case, MULAN notes that the offence under which the convict was charged is an offence known by the Kano State Shariah Penal Code and provided in section 382(B). We equally noted that the convict has boldly confessed to his offence during the trial, the details of which is contained in a Whatsapp group known as “Gidan Umma Amina” and transmitted into writing, (the certified true copy of the transcribed text was tendered and admitted during trial).
“That the general public should understand that Shariah is a Muslim Law applicable only to Muslims. Therefore any person who accept to be a Muslim must obey the provisions of Shariah irrespective of whether or not it pleases him. For people who don’t follow the Islamic faith we remind them that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has guaranteed Nigerians to practice and observe the religion of their choice and be bound by its laws and principles.”
Meanwhile, this online news medium further reports that the singer still has a right to appeal before the judgment is executed.