The Kano musician sentenced to death for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammed, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu seems to have a respite for at least the desperate Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje who vowed to sign his death warrant now Tuesday said Yahaya can appeal the judgment up to the Supreme Court.
Several individuals and groups had condemned the sentence and the motive of the Governor before the Nigerian Bar Association NBA waded in to declare that Yahaya was never given fair hearing.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said this during a briefing with State House Correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that he would wait for judicial process to be completed.
Shariff-Aminu, 22, was sentenced by an upper Sharia court in Kano last August after he was found guilty of blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March and his arraignment as well as the judgment was done with the speed of lightning.
Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, who gave the judgment, had said he could appeal against the verdict.
“He has already appealed, so that process is going on. And that process will continue up to the Supreme Court”. Ganduje said on Tuesday
“For the time being, we are waiting for the judicial processes.”
On what he discussed with Buhari on Tuesday, Ganduje said he briefed the President on security matters in Kano and thanked him for his support to the state during the critical periods of the coronavirus pandemic.