The United States should be at the forefront of those demanding that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu be acquitted and released. Instead, our own government is waging a war on free speech.
“Nigerian singer sentenced to death, Sharif-Aminu appeals sentence in Supreme Court, wants blasphemy ruled unconstitutional”, Sahara Reporters, November 9, 2022:
Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a musician sentenced to death by hanging in 2020 after being convicted of blasphemy, has gone to the Nigerian Supreme Court to challenge his sentence.
This was seen in court documents filed by his lawyer, Kola Alapinni Esq, which were obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday.
According to the documents, Sharif-Aminu is asking the high court to declare that the offense of blasphemy is not recognized under Nigerian law.
SaharaReporters learned exclusively on Wednesday that Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the state Attorney General Musa Abdullahi Lawan had just received court papers regarding the appeal.
The death sentence was handed down against Sharif-Aminu by a Sharia court, which was overturned by a higher court. However, he denied the musician’s bail and ordered his retrial before another Sharia court judge due to irregularities in the original trial.
The musician approached the appeals court to quash the order of his new blasphemy trial. His lawyer argued that he should be removed from detention….
Sharif-Aminu is also seeking “an order declaring that S.382(b) of the Kano State Sharia Penal Code Act 2000 is in conflict with and inconsistent with S.34(1)(a), S.38 (1), S .39(1) and other provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…