More woes seem to befall the Kano singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a Shari’a court in Kano State after he was accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad, his woes are compounding following comments credited to Abubakar Usman Mabera, chairman of Sokoto state Ulama forum of Izala who warned Muslim lawyers against defending the singer.
Mabera, while speaking in Sokoto at the weekend, said Muslim lawyers should be careful in defending the convict, adding that “any lawyer who comes out to defend him has renounced his Islamic faith”.
According to the Islamic cleric, blasphemy is a capital offense in Islam of which punishment is death, and that since a competent court has found the singer guilty, he cannot be pardoned.
The singer was sentenced to death on August 10, 2020, with 30 days grace to appeal to the judgment or be hanged till he dies.
However, just six days to the end of the deadline to appeal the court’s judgment the accused singer filed a suit on Thursday, September 3 at the Kano State High Court by his lawyer, Kola Alanipini.
According to him, the Kano State Penal Law 2000 is unconstitutional, describing it as null and void, having grossly violated and conflicted with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended. He noted further that the judgment violated his Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights respectively.
Mabera while urging Muslim lawyers to be careful in defending the singer called on Muslims to seek God’s forgiveness because the prevailing setbacks in the country are signs of wrongdoing.
”For all indications, God is not happy with us and we have to repent because he alone is the answer to our woes,” he said.