The death sentence of a 22-year-old musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu in Kano by the Upper Sharia Court for blasphemy on Monday has drawn various mixed reactions from Nigerians on social media.
According to Channels Television, Sharif-Aminu was found guilty of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated via Whatsapp in March this year and was sentenced to death by hanging.
The report also noted that has 30 days to appeal the judgment. In the aftermath of the court’s decision, thousands of Nigerians trooped to social media to express their opinions on the judgment.
See a few below.
Is there any reason to kill people in the name of religion?
I personally feel we must never kill people for God/religion. Two reasons:
1. Religion is NOT by force
2. Human life is NOT yours to give/take.
If you disagree, pls explain why.
Feel free. Let us all discuss and learn.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) August 11, 2020
This is a crime against humanity if allowed to go through. It shouldn’t come to a point where a state kills it citizens on account of what they said or sang. This law shouldn’t never have existed in the first place. https://t.co/bW2qENhNlG
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) August 11, 2020
So you wanna kill a man for blasphemy but you celebrate rapist, Paedophile and terrorist all in the name of God. Let’s stop pretending and call this what it is….
— tisanbako (@tisanb) August 11, 2020
Shame on you if you are in support of the death penalty for blasphemy in 2020.
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) August 11, 2020
Islam in itself may be a religion of peace but the attitude of most Muslims portray violence.
In medieval times, Christianity had violent sects, they forced conversions, excommunicated & murdered heretics but the world spoke up & it stopped.
Why has it continued in Islam?
— UG (@UgwunnaEjikem) August 11, 2020
A 22yr old Nigerian singer will soon be hanged for blasphemy in a SECULAR state and the media is quiet about it… Meanwhile, Boko Haram members that have killed thousands are being treated like senior citizens.
If Islam is truly a religion of peace, now is the time to show it.
— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@Uncle_clique) August 11, 2020
Sharia law in northern Nigeria never affects the rich, only the poor and political enemies of the powerful…
There’s a video of a certain person packing dollars, I wonder why he hasn’t lost his hands..
— Y.O. (@yojora) August 11, 2020
There’s this news that a singer has been sentenced to death by Sharia Court in Kano for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
Please if you’re a Muslim and you think this is cool, can you unfollow me?
— 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢 (@Solomon_Buchi) August 11, 2020
No Muslim has the moral right to react angrily to blasphemy; that doesn’t mean one cannot be angry.
Meanwhile, the sharia law on blasphemy cannot be done to a non Muslim. It is only applicable to Muslims who commits a ‘certain degree’ of blasphemy in a circular state.
— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) August 11, 2020
The Sharia Law has to be one of the biggest fraud in Nigeria. It was deliberate used by the Northern oligarchs to hold on the power & keep the people improvised & enslaved. Ganduje wascaught red handed stuffing dollars in his clothes. Sadly, the poor were the ones defending him.
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) August 11, 2020
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