Following the death sentence passed on 22-year-old Aminu Yahaya Sharif by a Kano Upper Shari’ah Court for blasphemy, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed his readiness to sign the warrant for the convict’s execution.
The judgment will be executed once the governor signs the death sentence and Ganduje, during a meeting at the Government House, Kano, on Thursday, said he will not waste time in signing the death warrant.
Ganduje said, “I will not waste time in signing the warrant for the execution of the man who blasphemed our Holy Prophet of Islam.
“What happened is so important to the state and to the security of the state and the nation in general. What the court did is absolutely right.
“And we support it completely. Such kind of irresponsible act, if not because of the state power, nobody could know what would happen in the future.
“The man, who did that, confessed to being a follower of a particular Islamic Sect. But the adherents of that Sect rejected him right away.
“So, we need to understand the importance of this judgment.
“We are lucky that scholars maintained that it wasn’t a case for a particular sect, but rather of one who just decided to derail.
“Our eyes are there following everything bit by bit. We thank Almighty Allah, that the court sitting went on successfully.”
The governor added that he will sign the death warrant if the judgment was not appealed.
He said, ”Lawyers just told us that the case could go up to Supreme Court.
“So if that happens, I will not waste time in approving the verdict right away.
“And the second issue is, if the victim did not take up the case to appellate courts, I will not waste time to give the approval for the execution.
“I will not take more than few minutes to accept the verdict.”