Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to berate the 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for keeping mum on the death sentence passed on Kano musician.
Naija News reports that a 22-year-old Musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, was sentenced to death by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State on August 10, 2020. The musician, who is a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Apparently furious with the lyrics of the Kano musicians song, Irate youths burnt down his family home and led a protest to the Sharia Police, Hisbah, demanding Sharif Aminu’s death. The musician, who went into hiding, was arrested, hurriedly tried and convicted for breaching Section 382 (b) of Kano penal code of 2000 which is based on Islamic law.
Since the death sentence, Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims, have taken to several social media platforms to condemn the sentence on the Kano musician with some calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on the judgment.
However, speaking amid the death sentence passed on the Kano musician on Saturday, Atiku took to Twitter to congratulate English Premier League side, Arsenal FC for defeating Liverpool to win the Community Shield.
After the game, Atiku tweeted: “Exhilarating game, Arsenal! Victoria Concordia Crescit (Victory Through Harmony).”
Exhilarating game, Arsenal! Victoria Concordia Crescit (Victory Through Harmony). #CommunityShield
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 29, 2020
Displeased with the tweet amid the death sentence passed on the Kano musician, Nigerians berated Atiku for commenting on Arsenal but keeping mum on the judgment sentencing the Kano musician to death, describing him as an “extremist” who is more interested in his “political career than the people.”
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Atiku has an opinion about everything except on the death sentence passed on that young fellow by a Sharia Court in Kano 4 blasphemy
His silence means he’s an extremist just like the rest of them or he doesn’t want to offend the extremists whose votes he needs 2moro.
— Malachy Odo II (@MalachyOdo1) August 29, 2020
I was just reminded that Atiku has skillfully avoided the issue of death for blasphemy pic.twitter.com/27IonQFZtj
— Benjamin Amaechi 2 (@2_amaechi) August 30, 2020
The third force people & Buharists are asking Atiku to condemn the death sentence of the alleged Kano blasphemous guy. It’s a trap, one of the reason Atiku is not supported fully in the north because of his supposed ‘liberal views’. Sule Lamido was called infidel for backing GEJ.
— B’jay (@Abdulherphyz) August 29, 2020
Liberal that can’t condemn death sentence for Blasphemy. I pity una. BTW obi will be as useless as Osinbajo in Buhari’s govt. Bye.
— Ifesinachi (@Ifex666) August 29, 2020
Lol why do we keep expecting so much from leaders forgetting they are human and are also ambitious Atiku speaking for Mubarak Bala is definite political suicide, same way ganduje signing the death sentence makes him a hero. You and I know this but yet we expect differently why?
— Jesse Onoriode (@jexsz) August 29, 2020
Nothing on blasphemy death sentence?
— I (@nemerem) August 29, 2020
Has @atiku said anything about Death sentence for Blasphemy?
— #OurFavOnlineNurse❁ (@TimilehinEburu) August 30, 2020
Has your President who’s up to date with the realities of life, said anything about the death sentence for blasphemy in Kano, since he’s
Muslim and a leader as well?
Has he also said anything concerning FFK’s outburst on a journalist?
Or your reality President de select topics?
— Game|Changer° (@OfficialOla19) August 29, 2020
Atiku’s view on the death sentence for blasphemy. pic.twitter.com/b8o3DaQj1j
— Uwaya Isimemen (@Uwayaisi) August 29, 2020