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The United Kingdom has opposed the death sentence passed on a Kano musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, by a Shari’a court. The UK said individuals had the right to freely express opinions and peacefully challenge authorities, noting that this was essential to a free and open society.
The Shari’a court had penultimate Monday imposed the death sentence on Sharif-Aminu, aged 22, for committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed in a song he circulated via WhatsApp.
The decision had sparked nationwide outrage, with different civil society groups condemning the court’s decision. The Shari’a Council, however, urged Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State to sign the death warrant. But commenting on the sentence in response to an inquiry on Wednesday, the British High Commission in Nigeria said it would continue to monitor the situation.
In an emailed response by the Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission, Christopher Ogunmodede, the Mission said the UK Government opposes death penalty in all circumstances.