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Islamic court in Nigeria sentenced singer to death for blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed

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In Kano State of Nigeria, an Islamic court in northern Nigeria on Monday sentenced a singer to death for blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, judicial officials said.

“An Upper Islamic Sharia court in the city of Kano ordered 22-year-old Yahaya Aminu Sharif a musician to die by hanging for derogatory expressions against the Prophet in one of his songs” spokesman for the Kano region justice ministry, Baba-Jibo Ibrahim, told AFP.

Sharia courts in majority Muslim northern Nigeria have handed down death sentences for adultery, murder and homosexuality before but to date no executions have been carried out, which is weird because it is said that Sharia law is the highest and most dangerous in Nigeria, it is also known that the law is very rampant in the northern parts of the country.

“The court handed down the death sentence as enshrined in Islamic laws based on irrefutable evidence and the convict’s admission of guilt,” Ibrahim said.

Sharif was accused of blaspheming the Prophet in a song he shared on social media in March, which caused riots in the city.

Mobs burnt the singer’s family home and took to the streets demanding his prosecution, leading to his arrest.

Ibrahim said Sharif had legal representation during the four-month trial, which was held behind closed doors for security reasons.

Sharif, a Muslim singer, belongs to a separate branch of Tijaniyya Sufi order, whose beliefs are considered heretical because of their different interpretation of some basic Islamic principles.

His conviction is the second death sentence to be passed for blasphemy since around a dozen states in the north reintroduced a stricter version of Sharia law in early 2000s, where Sharia courts run parallel to state and federal justice system.

Aside Sharif’s case, there are other rulings,

Abdul Nyass, a Sufi Muslim cleric, was sentenced to death in 2015 by a Kano Sharia court for blasphemy against the Prophet in his preachings.

Nyass drew public outrage when he made derogatory remarks against the Prophet before a gathering of disciples as they marked the birthday of the former leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, Ibrahim Nyass.

Nyass is also a member of the Tijjaniyya Sufi order.

The same court on Monday sentenced a 13-year-old boy, Umar Farouk, to 10 years in prison with menial labor for blasphemy, judicial official Ibrahim said.

He said Farouk was found guilty of using foul language against God during an argument with a friend.

“The court considered the boy’s age as a minor and sentenced him to 10-year jail term as a penitence and to make him reform,” he said.

Both convicts have one month to appeal the sentences.

I think the gods are capable of meting out justice without we having to put in our opinion, or being of assistance to them.

Ignorance is something that has caused a lot of people a lot of things and besides, based on the Islamic group Mr Sharif belonged to, it wasn’t a big deal, now he’s being punished for something he didn’t have full knowledge about.

Let us educate ourselves and not revel in ignorance, it can cost a lot, and this is not even about religion, it’s about our day to day lives as well, let’s try to stay informed and updated!

Victoria Abidoye is a writer and editor for the Trends Checker. She follows trends in the entertainment, fashions and education sectors. She enjoys meeting people and making new friends.

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Reactions to Osun Monarch, Oluwo’s Comment On ENDSARS Protest

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Nigerians on social media have reacted as a paramount monarch in Osun State, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who said that he’s ready to lead the next EndSARS protest if called upon by the youths.

Oluwo disclosed this during an interactive programme organised by Osun State Government.

He said that any protest without a leader will fail.

He said that it is the leaders that will sit down to discuss with the government when the protest reaches the point of dialogue.

“Next time, if you want to organise a protest and you don’t have anyone to lead you, you may be afraid that they may kill you or you are afraid of being arrested, come to me, I will lead the protest.

“There is no way you can organise protest without leadership. You must give room for dialogue because it is the leadership that will eventually sit down and discuss with the government. That is the only way you can fight and get your demands to the government,” he said.

His comment has however generated to a lot of reactions as many Nigerians took to their social media handles to react.

See reactions below:

 

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Hoodlums loot Obafemi Awolowo’s glasses

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In Lagos state, hoodlums on rampage have allegedly defaced the statue of late Obafemi Awolowo located in Ikeja area of the state.

The hoodlums removed the glasses on the icon’s statue amid the attack on some of Nigeria’s symbols of history.

The monument of Nnamdi Azikwe had also been attacked by hoodlums in Anambra state.

The Awolowo statue was erected during the administration of former Lagos governor Akinwumi Ambode, in recognition of the late former lawyer, nationalist’s contribution to the country’s democracy.

 

 

This might come as a comic relief in times like this and we can only hope Nigeria gets better.

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Current update: Osun state Governor Oyetola joins protest

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The Governor of Osun State, Mr Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday 17th of October 2020, has joined hundreds of #EndSARS protesters around the popular Oke Fia to Olaiya area of Osogbo.

On Wednesday the 14th of October hoodlums chased after protesters. We aren’t sure who sent these hoodlums after the youths protesting for a better country, and now that the governor has decided to join, we can only hope that this incident doesn’t happen again.

More details soon

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Hackers Vows To Expose Govt Secrets

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A group of hackers that go by the name Anonymous have hacked the twitter account of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) today.

The hackers put up a message threatening to reveal secrets of Nigerian authorities.

“We #Anonymous are out to expose government’s secret and dirty files”, it read.

“Put an #ENDTOPOLICEBRUTALITY #Twitterdown #NBChacked”, the message added.

Twitter app was also down between 10:30pm yesterday and 12am today

NBC regulates the Nigerian broadcast industry.

The commission says it adopts scientific research methods to gather data, analyze trends in line with the dynamism of the industry and advise government.

NBC receives, processes and considers applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including cable television service, direct satellite broadcast and others.

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Protesters Storm Osun Assembly, Replace APC Flag With #EndSARS T-shirt

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In Oshogbo state on Wednesday, protesters stormed the Osun State House of Assembly, lowered the All Progressives Congress flag and replaced with a T-Shirt with the inscription “#EndSARS forever” boldly written on it.

The convergence point of the protesters was at the Old-Garage they then marched to Ola-Iya junction, where they disrupted traffic for about one hour before heading to the Assembly complex.

At the Assembly, the protesters refused an attempt by the Chief Whip, Tunde Olatunji, to addressed them insisting on seeing the speaker, Timothy Owoeye, but were told the speaker was not around, hence, they removed the APC flag and replaced with a shirt with the #EndSars inscription.

The angry protesters left the Assembly and headed to the State Secretariat where they blocked it entrance and created gridlock on the Gbongan-Osogbo road leading to the state capital.

Motorists from Gbongan, Ode-Omu, Ede and even those coming from Ibadan had difficult times accessing the state, as they had to wait for hours in the gridlock.

Tomisin Adewale, a protester among others safe the protests would continue in the state if the state government officials feel they were too big to identify with the protesters.

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A man that loves you would never hit you

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“Ladies, don’t be deceived, a guy that loves you will never raise his hand on you”.

Stories have been circulating the internet on Lil frosh that beat his girlfriend until her face was disfigured and Chief Femi Fani Kayode, whose wife Precious has finally left him because she couldn’t take any more of the abuse he has violently dished out to her for a long time coming.

FFK came out recently, saying he caught his wife in bed with a married man seven years ago. If this is true, does it justify his hitting his wife? Mother of his kids?

Is domestic violence really justifiable on any grounds? No matter the excuse, ladies, sisters, don’t for any reason encourage and continue a relationship where you’re being battered.

It begins with a slap and an apology, until the abuse is full blown and no apology.

One thing I’ve notices is these guys that abuse ladies make sure to reduce her self esteem to zero, making her believe she can’t have a life without him, even if you’ve made a few mistake sis, you can still pick up your life. Please don’t stay with that guy because of the little benefits you receive, there’s more to you than that and you’re way bigger than that.

Seek for help, you’d be surprised at how much people would turn up and come through for you. Just don’t stay with a man that hits you.

A man that his you will respect you or love you the way that you deserve,  don’t be deceived by the gifts or little apology he renders after every ugly ministration. If he loves you he would cherish you and want to keep you. Hitting a lady is just not it.

Domestic violence comes from a place of Low self-esteem, jealousy, bitterness and possessiveness which are all bad traits.

You can do better and you can be better.

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