Blasphamy: I’ll not hesitate to sign death warrant- Ganduje

The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has vowed to sign the death warrant for the execution of a man convicted of blasphemy in the state.

Ganduje said he will only fail to do so if the man appeals up to the Supreme Court and wins.

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court on August 10 sentenced Yahaya Sharif, a musician, to death for “blasphemy”.

The judge, Aliyu Kani, said the 22-year-old should die by hanging.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing the offence in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Many Nigerians, and rights groups, have criticised the ruling. Amnesty International urged the court to reverse its verdict.

In what appears to be his first public comment on the matter, Ganduje, who met with the clerics at the government house in Kano, said the state government had accepted the sentence.

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