“I will not waste one minute to sign the death warrant if it is brought to me” — Governor Gaduje On Yahaya Amina Sharif


Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje on Thursday declared intension to sign the death warrant of the Nigeria musician found guilty of circulating a song of his on whatsapp which was made up of blasphemous content.

The music artist, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, was convicted of aone-count charge bordering on derogatory comment contained in one of his songs by Sharia court in Kano.

Ganduje who was reacting to the Sharia court verdict for the first time said he would not hesitate to endorse the execution of the 22-year-old singer if the convict fails to appeal is the case.

Ganduje spoke on Thursday night while hosting religious leaders and executive members Nigeria Bar Association, Kano State branch.

Although Ganduje said that the convict has the constitutionally right to appeal the Sharia court verdict up to the highest court, but he insisted that “I will not waste one minute to sign the warrant if it is brought to me after the window of opportunity elapse.”

He added, “The court has done its job and as a government, we would not hesitate to do ours. We have provided security to ensure adequate protection of life and property.”

“The judgment has taken place and the law allows the convict to appeal up to supreme Court.”

He concluded on the issue, “Should at the end of time provided by law he did not appeal we would sign the warrant.”

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