United Nations human rights experts have said they are “deeply concerned” about a Nigerian singer who has been sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he shared on social media.
Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was convicted of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad on 10 August by a Sharia court in Kano province, which is located in northern Nigeria.
Following the song’s circulation over WhatsApp in March, Mr Sharif-Aminu also received death threats and his family home has burned down by a mob.
Last month, the human rights organisation Amnesty International described the sentence as a “travesty of justice” and said Nigeria was obliged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to restrict capital punishment to the “most serious crimes”, which involve intentional killing.
Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria country director, said: “There are serious concerns about the fairness of his trial; and the framing of the charges against him based on his WhatsApp messages.”