Zamfara law firm offers to use all its resources to ensure musician is executed for blasphemy


ZAMFARA law firm Abubakar A Ashat & Co has volunteered to assist the Kano State government in prosecuting and ensuring its gets Yahaya Sharif-Aminu convicted and executed for producing a song deemed blasphemous against Prophet Mohammed.


Mr Sharif-Aminu, 22, was found guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March. An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of Kano State said Yahaya did not deny the charges and although he was found guilty, Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said Yahaya could appeal against the verdict.


Several prominent Muslims have condemned the verdict and Mr Sharif-Aminu has already lodge an appeal against the judgement. In a swift response, Abubakar A Ashat & Co has written to the Kano State attorney-general saying it was acting on behalf of one Muhammed Lawal Gusau, who desired to render a selfless service towards the advancement and upliftment of the goals and ideals of Islam in all positive spheres.


Apparently, Mr Gusau stated that he was ready to dedicate resources to ensure that the musician was hanged for blasphemy. In the letter, the law firm also condemned Fakhrriyya Hashim, a Muslim, who spoke against the death sentence passed on the musician.


Its letter read: “Our client in the discharge of his duties/obligations felt the need to provide/render support to the office of the honourable attorney-general morally and or in other spheres to ensure that the judgment is affirmed by appeal court. Our client desires that Yahaya Shariff-Aminu goes to the gallows in accordance with Islamic injunctions.”


Already, Ms Hashim has been receiving death threats from Muslim, who support Sharia law. She said her family members, who live in Kano, are being harassed.


Mr Sharif-Aminu, aged 22, was sentenced to death for committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed on August 10, 2020  in a song he circulated via WhatsApp. He was accused of committing the offence in March 2020 after which protesters burnt down his family house.


Appealing the death sentence in a suit filed on Thursday at the Kano State High Court by his lawyer, Kola Alapini, Mr Sharif-Aminu said he was dissatisfied with the judgment of the Sharia court. He described the Kano State Penal Law 2000 as unconstitutional, null and void, having grossly violated and conflicted with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended and has violated the Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights respectively.