The death penalty issued against Yahaya Sharif Aminu, the Kano singer over allegation of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been backed by the Ulama and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Kano.

The group, under the auspices of Coalition of Ulama and NGOs in Kano state in a statement issued by the coalition chairman, Professor Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the prompt arrest and prosecution of the suspect saved the situation.

Daily Trust reports that the coalition is saddened by the unfortunate and insensitive commentaries and the reaction of some “so-called” human rights activists, Amnesty International, and some interest groups who faulted the ruling on the case without recourse to the extant law applicable to the offender and the environment the offense was committed.

Going further, the group commended the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for expressing his willingness to respect the law and the sensibility of the people he leads.

The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared his readiness to sign the execution order of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a Sharia court for alleged blasphemy.

Ganduje made the disclosure on Thursday, August 27, during a meeting with religious clerics in Kano state

He said he is in support of the death sentence passed on the singer for blasphemy, arguing that what the court did was right.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a statement on August 11, said the Nigerian government must overturn the death sentence on the 22-year-old musician.

The US government said blasphemy laws are inconsistent with universal human rights standards because they fail to respect recognised rights, including freedom of religion and expression.