From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN) has urged Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to as a matter of urgency, ensure the execution of the court judgement against the blasphemy Musician Shariff Yahaya Sharifai as this will serve as a deterrent to others.
The Secretary General of the Council Nafi’u Baba-Ahmad made the call during a press conference held in kaduna yesterday.
The calls by some so-called human rights groups to pardon the culprit should not deter the State Government from doing the right thing.
This case is purely an Islamic affair, in consonance with the religion, culture and wishes of the not only the people of Kano, but the Majority population of Nigeria who are Muslims.
The Council emphatically remind all Nigerians especially the secular human rights groups that the judgement is in line with the Supreme Court judgement, 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 Shari’ah is that any sane and adult Muslim, who insults, defames, or utters 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.”
“ We therefore call on all Muslims to be mindful of their utterances as the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is right, or keep silent.”
They Council commended the courage of Qadi Ali Kani, of Upper Shari’ah Court Gyadi-Gyadi Kano, in the case of C.O.P. Vs Shariff Yahaya Sharifai No. CR/43/2020 decided on 10th August, 2020, where the accused person was charged, tried and convicted for the offence of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).