Buhari’s Aide, Bashir Criticised for Supporting Death Sentence for Blasphemy

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 11 – President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has drawn criticism after his tweet expressing support for death sentence due to blasphemy resurfaced in the aftermath of the death sentence against Kano singer, who was accused of blasphemy.

Today’s Echo reported that a Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey in Kano, on Monday, sentenced a 22-year old singer to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad.

According to media reports, the judge, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Mr Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Bashir Ahmad had in the tweet shared in 2015, supported the death penalty for blasphemy which he described as his “belief”.

The tweet reads;

“I cant pretend or keep silent. I support the death penalty for BLASPHEMY. That’s my belief and I do not and will never support #SaveKanoNine”

Bashir’s views have attracted criticism on social media.

“But will support rehabilitation & release for so called repentant Boko Haram members, who have killed uncountable people, abducted & raped many, as well as destroyed livelihoods. It’s just a case of being stupidly over religious,” a user commented on popular online forum, Nairaland.

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