The Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje, has been advised against signing the death warrant of a singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu.
Recall that Sharif-Aminu was accused of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Mohammed in a song that went viral and was subsequently sentenced to death under the Sharia laws in Kano state.
But in a statement posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday, Music executive, Efe Omorogbe, on behalf of a group, The Nigerian Music Industry Collective, asked the Kano governor to temper justice with mercy and release the dinger.
The group appealed to the governor to use his ‘good office to influence the implementation of the rule of law, which has obviously been disregarded in this case.’
He wrote, “The Executive Governor of Kano State
Dr Abdullahi Ganduje (OFR)
RE: THE SENTENCING OF YAHAYA SHARIF-AMINU
We write to express our concern regarding the sentencing of a young Nigerian Musician; Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was recently accused of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Mohammed and was subsequently sentenced to death under the Sharia laws in Kano state.
Your Excellency sir, we have been informed that Yahaya has been scheduled to be executed in less than a week’s time, and we will like to appeal to you to use your good office to influence the implementation of the rule of law, which has obviously been disregarded in this case.
Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is protected under the law which gives him freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and protecting freedom of expression.
We, as leaders of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry, are absolutely against this attempt to gag free thinking and expression and ask that justice is served by the overruling of this sentence and the dropping of all charges against him. We ask that you use your good offices to stop this act and release him from this unfair act.
We trust that your good reasoning and your utmost respect for the Rule of Law will prevail in this case.
For: The Nigerian Music Industry Collective.”