Nigerian Musician Sentenced To Death Over Song’s Lyrics

A Nigerian musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is to die by hanging for allegedly blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad.

The death sentence was handed down by an upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of Kano State.

Sharif-Aminu, 22, was said to have committed blasphemy in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

Nigerian Musician Sentenced To Death Over Song’s Lyrics
Yahaya Sharif-Aminu

Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges.

Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said he could appeal against the verdict.

The BBC reported that the singer who is currently in detention, had gone into hiding after he composed the song.

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Protesters had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, known as the Hisbah, demanding action against him.

Nigerian Musician Sentenced To Death Over Song’s Lyrics

Critics said the song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.

The leader of the protesters that called for the musician’s arrest in March, Idris Ibrahim, told the BBC that the judgement will serve as a warning to others “contemplating toeing Yahaya’s path”.

“When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn’t in vain.

“This [judgement] will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free,” he said.