Kano Sharia Court sentences 9 to death for ‘blasphemy’

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An Upper Sharia Court, Rijiyar Lemo, in Kano, has sentenced 9 persons: Abdul-Inyas, Hajiya Mairo and seven others to death for blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam.

The trial was done in secret, and details of its proceedings are yet to be made public.Even the name of the judge who conducted the trial is being kept secret.

The court initially said two people were convicted but a court official, who simply gave his name as Nasir (he declined to provide his full name) later said nine people were sentenced.

He declined to provide the names of the seven others.

The offence, committed in early June, triggered protest in Kano.

The demonstration was however promptly quelled by law enforcement agents. The court where the trial began was burnt down prompting the authorities to assign the case to another court.

A statement by the State Sharia Court of Appeal, signed by a man named Nasiru, said the nine persons were found guilty under section 110 and section 382b of the Sharia Penal Court law year 2000.

“They are hereby sentenced to death,” the statement read.

The statement acknowledged that some Muslim faithful in Kano threatened violence if the accused were set free.

The court however freed Alkasim Abubakar, Yahya Abubakar, Isa Abubakar, and Abdullahi Abubakar, who were arrested alongside the nine convicted persons.

They were found not guilty by the court.

Already, news of the judgment has sparked jubilation by a section of Kano residents.


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  • GEJ FOREVER

    BUHARI BRINGS FULL BLOWN SHARIA TO KANO

    • Iska Countryman

      yan arewa ya kamatu su yi shi a cikin yan uwanci….

  • Rommel

    The judge that made that pronouncement should be stripped of his responsibilities and those men released immediately with apologies,what da hell is blasphemy? are these people alright?

    • Otile

      The law also applies to you as a yoruba Moslem, so behave yourself or face execution too.

      • Rommel

        Iwu Otule onye ara!

        • Otile

          Go ahead and call Prophet Mohammed onye ara and see whether you will not be executed.

    • Iska Countryman

      blasphemy is what happens when you blaspheme….

  • Otile

    Utangirma Allah. Nobody should shade tears for the 2 blasphemers. They are Muslims and know very well that Muslims uttering blasphemy against the Holy Prophet face instant death. They also know than an imam occupies Aso Rock now.

    However, nobody knows how these blasphemers will be killed, whether by bare knuckles, blunt sword , or an expensive amputation machine. We know they are not going to be killed by firing squad because we are no longer in a brutal military regime as was always done by Murtala Mohammed, Imam Buhari, and Mohammed Abacha.

    • Ed

      You’re part of the problem. Absolutely no one deserve to be kill for religious reason.
      These country may have finish whatever purpose it was meant to serve.
      South unfortunately had nothing in common with the sharia rules and obsolete decree.

      • Otile

        I am not part of any problem anything. I am here to enlighten people, many people don’t know what is going on. You yoruba propagandists are making matters worse by your sycophancy and praise singing. When you falsely praise Imam he believes he is doing good, not knowing that he has not done anything for us rara.

  • Goodguy

    One Country two laws, something is really wrong with Nigeria.

    • Otile

      Don’t worry, soon the law will be uniform. A few years ago Imam Buhari promised to bring sharia to all the states of the Federation. There is nothing to show that he will not make good his promise.

      • Goodguy

        Then to your tenth oh Israel or do we still have believers of one Nigeria in the SE?.

        • Otile

          No, there is nothing like to your tents Oh Israel as far as the yorubas and the North are concerned. If SE or SS goes where will they get the oil to survive on? I guess people will continue resisting Islamization till they liberate themselves through a bitter struggle.

          • Goodguy

            But we are Biafrans not hausa,fulani, kanuri or yoruba, egun, ijebu. We are Biafrans before the the British came and merged us together in 1914. Yorubas can stay with their hausa,fulani muslims with their likes and enjoy their Nigeria together, it is not a must that we Biafrans will continue to be in this mess or zoo called Nigeria.

      • Iska Countryman

        convert or perish children…

    • Francis

      ”why should Christians be concerned when Muslims cut off
      their limbs under sharia?…after all the limbs that are being cut off
      are muslim ones and not christian so why should the christians bother
      about it”? – ‘President’ Mohammadu Bokohari (July 2, 2001)

      • Iska Countryman

        word…

  • Damilola

    No to ISIS!

    • Iska Countryman

      yes to sisi…

      • Damilola

        U are a bloodsucker. No to ISIS.

  • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

    This nonsense must stop!

    • Iska Countryman

      says who?

  • Uko

    Break up Nigeria NOW.

    I want my own president and separate legal system too

    • jikangidado

      if it break-up, u will dye of hunger, ‘cos u can’t drink petrol and live

  • Marie Louis

    ISIS in Nigeria? Is this the parralel govt which Buhari’s apc party spoke about?

    Nigeriastan has become Taliban. Oh Great God, raise up men that would fight another war of secession and divide this country forever.

  • 4Israel

    Mr Haroun, you are drawing a questionable moral equivalence. The cults you alluded to are just that-cults. They are not a major religion like Islam. What you have in display for the world to see is Islamic jurisprudence in session. I am sure that Boko Haram ( that you would agree bring a lot of shame to the average muslim)) would applaud that verdict.

    • Iska Countryman

      who told you that bko haram brings shame?…

      • 4Israel

        Iska, are you proud of Boko Haram?

        • Iska Countryman

          in what sense?

        • Iska Countryman

          that is a rhetorical question…

  • OnyeAbia

    I don’t know about others, but this frightens the living daylight out of me. To be in the same country as people who reacted like this to whatever happened. We don’t even know the details of the so called blasphemy. As someone asked on this forum, is one Nigeria a must?

    • Ed

      No surprise here. The Kano Sharia Muslim were celebrating the 911 killing of 3,000 innocent human being in New York.
      Thanks to OBJ and 12. Northern states, Sharia law has made Nigeria constitution irrelevant.

      • PolyGon2013

        Sharia has been in Nigeria since the 60’s. Even the Yoruba used the word, “ma da seria fun e”. That is, they will give you severe punishment. People get bolder during the civilian regime to express themselves. Muslims are currently spreading their hatred all over the world. OBJ cannot do anything about Sharia. If there is anyone to do it, it is NASS. OBJ cannot dictate or force religion on any state in the country. The 12 states mentioned are controlled by their state laws.

        • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

          This 4th republic sharia law was started by Ahmed Yerima, the same man that opposed child marriage restrictions.

          It was an electioneering tool and despite it being against our constitution, nothing has been done about it.

          • PolyGon2013

            I hear you. Thanks for your insight. We may need to act fast before it spread to the rest of the country.

          • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

            We need to act to abolish it completely.

            Our federal republic is a secular state and inclusive of people of all religious beliefs.

    • Olusola

      remember they can appeal all the way to the supreme court and be set at liberty based on civil penal codes which supersede Sharia laws. Blasphemy does not carry death penalty under the constitution of Nigeria. If they are truly muslims and committed the offense they will not appeal like Jangebe who was amputated in Zamfara, he refused appeal and was given short sleve.

    • Iska Countryman

      yes…one nigeria is a must and was ordained from heaven…get used to it…

    • Khadijah D

      Why can’t u mind ur business? Must u abuse or infringe on others belief and way of live?

  • tundemash

    Lord Lugard will never rest in peace. The amalgamation of North & South was a crime against humanity.

    • UOU

      But it was ok for you prior the elections as you all were punching the air for your buahri. So you know that yet you pushed for an imam to head a secular state like nigeria or you did not know the implications due to your terrible emotions, tribal traits and sentiments?anyway, it can only get to the south west who are partly muslims and it will never get to south proper and you guys will have to fight for your dear lives then. Buhari will gradually bring sharia upon you people, you were warned

    • tycoon

      You hypocrite why the lamentation….it is you and your cohorts (advocates of change) that will know no peace, amputation and going limbless is knocking on your doors. What were you thinking when you conspired to fight Dr Goodluck. What was your intention when you opened the door for ISIS by working with Buhari? Soon you will realise that they regard your own Islam as fake. Leave Lord Luggard out of this,whatever a man sows let him reap. You asked for King Saul, Saul you have gotten

      • objective

        When did it become a crime to drive out thieves from your house?

        • objective

          Jonathan and his cohorts were robbing the nation and failed to show good example of us as Christians because they were not.

    • Iska Countryman

      yeah…yeah…

  • AngryNortherner

    All you Christians should please respect yourselves, if someone from amongst you were to utter a slight against Jesus, would you then leave them be?

    • 4Israel

      Dear AngryNortherner,
      If any body christian or other wise were to utter a slight against Jesus he will be left alone. God is his judge.
      The Christian faith is redemptive. Jesus once rebuked a disciple who wanted Him to call fire from heaven to destroy those who were against Him. ” You know not what manner of spirit is you. I did not come to destroy the world but to save it”.

      • Ed

        Thanks for the word of wisdom. Sharia is satanic and inhuman.
        I wonder how these people sleep. Knowing that innocent people are beheaded for making a choice of which God they want to worship.
        The by force Islamic faith is truly unfaithful to mankind and God.

        • PolyGon2013

          Islam is called “Imo lile or imole”. That is, forced knowledge or forced religion. Now I know what it means.

        • UOU

          So you know that yet you pushed for an imam to head a secular state like nigeria or you did not know the implications due to your terrible emotions, tribal traits and sentiments?anyway, it can only get to the south west who are partly muslims and it will never get to south proper and you guys will have to fight for your dear lives then. Buhari will gradually bring sharia upon you people, you were warned

          • Ed

            We’re hoping against hope that President
            Buhari will be true to the nation. The Kano challenge will prove us Southern APC right or wrong.
            Bad enough that the terrorist Islamic Boko Haram continue the killing.
            Kano sharia government is now set to kill Nigerian for their religion?

          • UOU

            You have to get prepared for the very worst, the time will surely come, better it comes early and you face it squarely than slowly but gruesomely after all, you gave the imam your mandate freely to rule you with his sharia law, you were warned by Frederick Fasheun but you ignored him due to innate your tribal disease

          • objective

            Are you not also sounding like someone who wouldn’t allow others to make choices?

          • UOU

            Exactly what I am saying, your people have made their choice and they must brace up to live with the implications including sharia law which must come to the south west who are also muslims. It is too difficult for you to understand or accept?Our own choice was and is never to embrace sharia or a chief imam as a president

      • jikangidado

        Jesus is one of the prophet of Allah, and to believe and respect him is one of the fundamental of islam, whoever insult him would never be let go free.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Sir, there is a problem with your post. Some in the Northern establishment (university intellectuals and the institution of the Sultan of Sokoto) want this law to overtake the Federal law. This is beyond Buhari at this point. This is a long term vision. If I were to impose the Holy Bible as the constitution of Nigeria and make everyone a Christian under the law, how would Muslims feel? In China, people celebrating Ramadan have been harassed by the Chinese government and have been restricted from being open about it. Now we have Muslim groups who want to do this to Christians? Sudan broke up largely because of this. This will do the same to Nigeria if it is not opposed and stopped.

      • jikangidado

        If this would be an agenda and it becomes true i will be happy and i know you will be happier than me, cos Islamic law is the best law ever that give protection to even animals. In an Islamic government u’ll have the right to do ur religion morethan u are now and ur country money would not be embezzled and looted as it’s now

        • Iska Countryman

          i will be very happy…

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          I will be happy to be seen as a Muslim by the law? You know, in Saudi Arabia, Christianity is illegal to practice (although they do not always enforce that law as of now) and Senator Yerima once said that he wants the Saudi model of Sharia. I will be a second class citizen like a Christian in Sudan. If I want full rights, I must convert to Islam. Now I don’t have protection without me or my children becoming Muslims and even then as an Igbo, there is some discrimination over that, that Igbo and Yoruba Muslims are not real Muslims. You see how problematic that will be? I cannot live under such a system. Also, look at Transparency International ratings. The countries under Sharia like Iran are just as bad as Nigeria. Sudan is worse. Saudi Arabia is only slightly better. Pakistan turned to Sharia and that never fixed the corruption problem. Those pushing Sharia in Nigeria just want control of the oil wealth (like the secessionist groups in the my part of the country and in the SW). The Northern establishment is as corrupt as anyone else. They will just use Islam to appear pure. The least corrupt countries are in Scandinavia and Switzerland. Switzerland has a decentralized federation as a multi-ethnic nation like ours. There are bigger countries with good numbers as well. This has to do with the will to enforce existing laws, not a new system to fix things. Sharia is just a take-over system if that is what the Northern elites can sell to solve the corruption problem.

      • Iska Countryman

        and me…

    • Good Smaritan

      I am very sure you are not even a Muslim. There is no crime of blasphemy or shirk punishable by man in Islam. I truly doubt the authenticity of this story. The Prophet (AS), did not kill those who insulted him directly but rather accepted them for their wrongdoings and prayed to the Almighty to guide them through a righteous path. Shariah, on the other hand, is not practiced in a brutal form. It is suppose to serve as a guiding principle to livelihood and not a deterrent measure.

      • tycoon

        Sanu! Oga intellect….your fanatism must be legendary. You haveathe temerity to defend the devilish faith even as the Ishmelites are causing trouble all over the world, fighting and killing their neighbours. You must be a cruel creature perhaps a potential suicide bomber

        • Good Smaritan

          What exactly do you mean? I think you definitely misunderstood my comment. The point I made was that even the prophet (AS) himself, never retaliated when people insulted him directly but rather prayed to the Almighty to guide them through the right path and as such it is wrong for anyone to judge blasphemy against him. My second point was that the way Shariah is practised in Nigeria and many other countries is wrong because people have made it operate as a punitive deterrent and not a guide. Some punishments have been interpreted to align with human grieve. For instance, Shariah did not literally say you should cut-off a person’s arm when he steals but people have chosen to interpret it in that form. The amplification is “To mark” and not “To cut”. This was introduced, to cater for the times when stealing was rampant and hard work was scarce.. Lastly, as for being a potential suicide bomber, it is actually offensive for anyone with the most minute element of commonsense to excrete through the mouth, without encountering an ailment. I am a good samaritan who takes time and derives pleasure in throwing light on any unknowns I come by, provided they fall within my purview.

          • Onike24

            Please just ignore animals like this fellow! Ishmelites ko Abrahamites ni!

          • Iska Countryman

            assailam alaikum…dont waste your time on loonies…

      • jikangidado

        Man, this rulling is the Ijmaa of the a’immah, go and read if u really can, blasphemy to the holy prophet attract killing on whoever be it muslim on non-muslim

        • Good Smaritan

          Please quote the Quranic verse that supports your stand. Thanks.

        • Powerlessconscious

          Guy. I am not a muslim and you do not have right to take my life. I can not die because of your religion.

          • Iska Countryman

            is that so?

        • Iska Countryman

          absolutely….where is the nwa somebody?

    • Onike24

      Yes, they would! I am a Muslim and yes I don’t like people insulting the Prophet or insulting ANY of the messengers of Allah, including Yisa, but I don’t believe that people should be killed for that and the Quran emphasis the need for repentance and forgiveness, besides Allah gave his messengers his message, he is more than capable to deal with those who choose to slander the name of his messengers. This nonsense is not Islam.

      • objective

        I think you have read yours with the direction of the TRUE GOD. Nice one! Can a man fight for God? God will always fight for himself. That is why He is God! Let some murderers stop killing people in the name of God.

      • jikangidado

        I don’t believed if you are a good muslim and learned one, ‘cos all muslim ulama (scholars) agreed upon killing whoever abuse the holy prophet (pbuh)

        • Onike24

          Really? The Ulama are supreme to the Quran? Perhaps you should read the Quran first, as for being a Good Muslim, that is entirely determined by the almighty, not you.

          • Otile

            Onike24 girl, with Muslims like you Islam does not need any more enemies. Shetan is at work here.

          • Onike24

            but you know I don’t exchange views with lunatics ……

          • Otile

            I know that it takes a lunatic like you to know one, girl.

        • Powerlessconscious

          You are a fake muslim. I am afraid of you. All my muslim friends are peaceful but you are not peaceful. Islamic religion is a religion of peace but you are a betrayer to islamic religion.

      • Powerlessconscious

        correct.

        • Otile

          Don’t praise her. She is not a good Muslim. People like her are the reason Boko Haram are fighting hard to liberate their people. This kind of people tend to corrupt good Muslims. See how she contradicts the Holy Koran. Who taught her religion?

      • OnyeAbia

        Find out about your religion. They’re applying your own holy book. The real danger to the world are all those who tell us they’re reasonable and muslim. Heard what happened in France today?

        • Onike24

          What holy book? There is nothing like blasphemy in Islam, and I usually don’t reply to bigots, but please find the time to read the Qu’ran do not be misguided like the so called Muslims who commit heinous crimes for no reason.

    • Powerlessconscious

      Christian will never kill for Jesus. That is the authetic peaceful religion.

      • Iska Countryman

        liar…

  • International Games

    Mr. Buhari, this is your first test. Are you a Nigerian President or an Islamic President? Neither your religion, nor mine has the power to take any NIGERIAN life based on the laws of the Holy books. Now, STOP THIS NONSENSE!! TEHY ARE TESTING YOU!!

    • Mockme

      The states have the right to adopt sharia. This is a federal system of government and the constitution, shamefully, allows that. So, it is not about Buhari. Blame the constitution.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Lie. The constitution recognise religion. but the constitution does not protect any religion and imposition of religion law has limit. Nigeria is never a muslim nor christian country and it will never be. So there is no law in nigeria that allow any religion to kill no matter what because of human right to different believe. God general did not send anybody to kill on his behave. God is greater than any religion.

        • Iska Countryman

          nigeria is an islamic country and not a muslim one…

    • jikangidado

      I believe Buhari is not the judge nor the constitution that give right to the state to adopt their religious believe. we all have to respect constitution gentlemen

    • Iska Countryman

      islamic president…

  • Sams

    When did premium times start reporting unconfirmed gossip??? They didn’t provide any source except one guy “who simply gave his name as Nasir”. Lazy journalism. Kano is accessible to everybody. It won’t be hard to confirm or refute this story.

    • Ed

      Why wouldn’t you provide evidence to the contrary.

    • OnyeAbia

      It’s been reported on BBC today all day on their UK stations. And no response from Buhari & his whitewashing spokesman Adeshina.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    If this actually happened, it is a waste of time.
    Sharia law is practically useless for the simple fact that (normally) in a multifaceted country like Nigeria (with regards to Religion), suspects have to agree that the law applies to them.

    Should the religious police catch you (red handed) drinking beer, they have no authority to arrest you until you agree that you are a Muslim and bound by the rules of the sharia court.

    Secondly, every Nigerians has freedom of speech guaranteed to him or her by the constitution. Surely, federal law trumps sharia law. Therefor, it would be a dereliction of duty if the Nigerian Government fails to protect on of its citizens!

    The fact of the matter is that Sharia law is unconstitutional!

    Being a federation, there is no place for bull crap like this anywhere in Nigeria. This people are using the archaic musings of someone that lived and died thousands of years ago to judge people today. I can bet anyone that if you ‘show one of these people a cell phone, they will promptly separate you from your head for practicing witchcraft!
    These rules and commandments were not delivered to man by God. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all borrowed from Hammurabi’s code. So these people should not take the life of my fellow Nigerians for doing something he or she is not only entitled to do, but also protected to do or say ! If they must kill something, let them wait for snake to bite them

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      But they hope to overthrow the current federal system over the long run and establish Sharia nationwide. There is a report that you should read titled ‘Failed State 2030-Nigeria : A Case Study’ by the U.S. Air Force College. It was written in 2009 and published in 2011. All the reports are interesting but the most telling of all is the report titled ‘Paths to Failure’. You can google the failed state report and get it as a pdf.

      • Mockme

        And you believe that they could establish Sharia all over the nation? They are just killing themselves and reveling in their murderous acts.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          They can and probably will use a bigger economic crisis in the future to sell the system. They will bring it in through elections and possibly “emergency” legislation. It does not need to be through force.

          • Mockme

            One thing you and I agree to is that, there is a limit to everything. I don’t see that happening. Moreover, I also believe that most educated people Muslims are not comfortable with the State of Sharia and it’s violent application. These are the ones who can push the frontiers. There will always be a few fanatics with voices and power but they will never rise against the rest. The governors who made it applicable in their states, did so to score cheap political points. So far, no Christian has been brought before a Sharia court. In Kaduna (where I know so well) for eg, people still drink their alcohol. There is no kind of power the successive Muslim military rulers didn’t wield but non tended to make Sharia a national practice. I don’t see it happening and if in our farthest and wildest dreams it happens, it will be the breakup of Nigeria. It won’t be like 1965.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I know I sound alarmist. Read the report titled ‘Failed State 2030 – Nigeria: A Case Study’ to see what I mean. You can put this into google to find it. The report ‘Paths to Failure’ is the most telling of them all. You link that to the OIC membership in 1986, Abuja Declaration in 1989, and as you have mentioned, the declaration of Sharia in the 12 Northern states in 1999-2000. I know the governors did this either under pressure or to gain political points. Many people who pushed for this did this out of reaction to a broken secular system and wanted a solution. The intellectuals and the Sokoto Caliphate want oil money and power. They will use projected demographic changes, technology, corruption, and most important of all an economic crisis worse than what we have now to have Sharia voted in as a means to fight corruption. Remember the Nazis in Germany were rejected by the public and they used corruption, the loss in the First World War and the Great Depression to get people to vote for them. I believe this is the reason why Nigeria must be restructured with the constitution explicitly forbidding mixture of religion in government. I don’t believe in dividing Nigeria as the secessionist groups are often as corrupt (some are even worse) as the government they wish to secede from. A large part of this is again about control of oil money and to gain power for themselves. We see what happened in South Sudan, and this is a country I sympathized so much with. I hope this does not happen, but you can see how it is possible.

          • Mockme

            I got you. I believe the North will always be behind in development no matter how long they hold power. The fact is that development in the South is individual driven and that is why whatever the government does is not all that significant to them. I get your drift but remember our original point is on Shariah and its possible application in the whole country. My basic argument is that they cannot apply sharia to the whole country. The possibility is that by the time the destruction is over they might be the ones upholding the separation of religion and state. Let them continue their amputations and death sentences.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I agree that it will ultimately will not work, but it will not stop them from trying and plunging the country into war in the process. We have very sick people who see this as worth trying.

      • OnyeAbia

        What you assert is starting to look like the truth daily.

    • Usman

      Sharia laws apply to all Muslims, you’d rather kept quite

      • Danjuma

        What about non-Muslims who have been attacked in sharia states for not obeying sharia?

        • jikangidado

          That doesn’t mean the shariah permit them to do so. in fact islamic shari’ah protect the right of non-believer morethan any other religion.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Lie. Why ASHAABAB, ISIL, ISIS, BOKOHARAM and so on? The answer is sharia. God did not send anybody to kill for him. And God is greater than any religion.

          • OnyeAbia

            Liar and propagandist. You lot are even more skilled than Goebbels when it comes to sanitasing evil.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Lie. If I blasphem against prophet too in kano, it would be apply to me.

      • OnyeAbia

        You’re in the same country as us. Go away!! Then we won’t care. For as long as we’re in the same borders, none of us can develop.

        • Usman

          Why don’t you pack out of my land?

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        Too long for a reply, I will submit as comment.

      • Eroli Reuben

        I respectfully disagree

        • Usman

          Any believer must believe in the rules, the guys claim to be Muslims hence they should be sentenced under islamic rule

          • Eroli Reuben

            What muslims don’t understand is the role of the constitution in modern societies. Islamic law under the Nigerian constitution is void should it conflict against the constitution. The constitution protects all persons within the jurisdiction of Nigeria from capricious and absurd state action such as the death sentence by the government of Kano state for the outlandish offense of blasphemy against a dead man.

          • Excisionist

            What guys? We want to see the list and we want their ictures published so that they can be identified by other Nigerians. Given the past record of Hausa/Fulani insensitivity, I believe that most of them are non-Muslims, probably Christians !!!

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        At first it will, then laws will be made with the aim of pressuring Christians and others to convert to Islam for equal rights and privileges. In Saudi Arabia, any religion outside Islam is illegal and you are seen as a Muslim by the law regardless of your faith. Senator Yerima also said that the Saudi model was what he desired for Nigeria’s Muslims which will be extended to the non-Muslim population in due time. So no one can afford to keep quiet over this. This is a threat to the non-Muslim population.

        • Usman

          There are so many countries that Christianity is the only recognized religion, Burma, Argentina, Greece, Georgia etc and in some, Judaism or other religions are recognized. Senator Yerima isn’t the spokesperson of Islam, though you couldn’t even produce an evidence that he said so

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            I don’t think you have Burma right at all. You just plucked that one out of thin air. As a matter a fact, Christians and Muslims are treated like second class citizens there. Argentina is mostly a Christian state but there are many prominently Christian nations that do not, DO NOT have a state religion. They allow other religions to flourish and have equal right at least by law. Nigeria is a mixed and diverse country. If Nigeria is to succeed, it must protect all Nigerians regardless of ethnic background and religious belief, not promoting one over the other. You will get war and breakup if the latter is the case like we saw in Sudan. Go watch the video “Sharia Law-Nigeria” by Journeyman Pictures done in the year 2000. At the beginning of the film and again toward the end, he does say that the Saudi model is his vision for the future. It actually comes right out of his mouth. Evidence enough for you?

    • Excisionist

      You can be sure that among the people convicted are non-Muslims. Let them release the full list.
      This is the first shot in Buharis Islamisation Campaign

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Sharia law is for hoodlums.

    • John

      what alternative do you have?

      • Omotolaaraujo

        Keeping secular law in the Church/Mosque. Kick them out of your religious place.

    • Khadijah D

      Lack of home training……..

      • Omotolaaraujo

        I’m not a Muslim. Law and religion don’t mix.

  • Usman

    This verdict makes my week, a concrete warning to the uneducated Muslims that preach nonsense in the name of Islam.

    • objective

      Does a different view constitute Blasphemy? That is nothing but intolerance!

    • Eroli Reuben

      I see, l am sure it is a wonderful and thoughtful verdict consistent with all notions of justice viz: fairness, due process , right to counsel , evidentiary standards, right to cross examine the accusers, right to subpoena witnesses, equal access to the subpoena powers of the court etc.

      • Usman

        All satisfied, there’s audio/video evidences, all due processes were followed, accused by the society and many more

  • Excisionist

    You can be sure that among the people convicted are non-Muslims. Let them release the full list.
    This is the first shot in Buharis Islamisation Campaign.

    What will OBJ who imposed sharia law on Nigeria say to this.

    • objective

      Let us leave Buhari out of this and address the system. Buhari is from Katsina, and Katsina does not parade a group of crude and idle individuals like those responsible for this type of judgement . In the history of Islamic violence in Nigeria, none has ever happened in Katsina. They are very civilised and accommodating people. Katsina and Sokoto States. Try to know our nation very well.

      • Omo ‘luabi

        Who told you none has never happened in Katsina? I spent 3 years in Katsina, Daura to be precise and i had to run for my life when my neighbour was arrested for adultery and was sentenced to death by stoning under the sharia law. Go to other towns other than Katsina town and see how people live in fear just because of the strict law of Sharia. Dont say what you dont know!

      • Eroli Reuben

        Are you kidding?

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  • Es3

    A secret trial conducted by secret persons for a secret offence, only known to the ‘others’ as “blasphemy”, can only produce injustice arising from a possible conspiracy to kill the person(s)?!

  • objective

    They should promptly head for the Court of Appeal to overturn this crass display of crudity. Nonsense!

    • Dan Arewa

      I am sure you are among those who laugh at Boko Haram massacres of northern Muslims because that makes you happy and you want a repetition of the massacres in Kano and other northern states.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Your statement contradict. Boko haram fulfil sharia law by killing for the prophet. and what we are saying is that sharia should be scrapped so that bokoharam too can stop killing. If sharia law stand, boko haram will continue to kill. And they will kill both innocent and guilty muslims which is bad. God did not send anybody to kill for him.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        Some would because similar massacres occurred in 1966 against Igbo people. However no one in their right mind is happy about what is happening in the North today. I think Powerlessconscious is right that Sharia and injustice is the fertile ground for Boko Haram and other sects.

        • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

          And corruption.

          This islamic/sharia justice is reserved for poor people. Rich people blaspheme, steal, commit adultery but are never made to face the ‘law’.

          Machiavelli, John of Salisbury, William of Pagula and Nizam Al-Mulk all warned that injustice, corruption and taking the things of the people (including their dignity) are precursors of uprising.

          We must act now.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            Well that is another good point that only the poor face Sharia.

          • Excisionist

            Exactly ! Remember the spiritual head of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Mrs. Maryam Yaro, a married mother of two,

            “Maybe you should come kiss me before board meeting
            tomorrow,” Mr. Sanusi wrote and then squeezed the send button.

            What clearer demostratration of the hypocrisy in this religion can we have?

      • Eroli Reuben

        So to avoid boko haram massacres in Kano, the Kano government have to shed blood of less committed and loud mouthed muslims to appease boko haram taking root in Kano territory. . ..oh l get it. It makes sense now. What a brilliant idea!

  • Rommel

    Religion is and remains a major problem for undeveloped minds,be it Pentecostals or Boko Haramists, it is the singular most influential factor in impoverishing the northern Nigeria,it is clear that if nothing is done,they will remain unchanged for another 1000yrs just like the last 1000yrs

    • OnyeAbia

      Please don’t compare pentecostals with these animalistic morons. Can you compare Adeboye, Billy Graham, Joel Osteen with these retards in Kano?

    • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

      At a time in our shared history, the Northern region was the place to be. The underdevelopment is a more recent phenomenon.

      Which school did people strive to go to for engineering, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

      Where did people strive to have their honeymoon, even as recently as 1990s, Jos.

      Then there are the national parks in the region.

      The underdevelopment is recent and the people who plunged the region into this downward spiral are hoodwinking people with religion.

      We MUST fight to abolish state religion in ANY part of our federal republic.

  • Oskirin

    ds is madness.did dey kill any1? dey beta ovaturn ds judgement.if nt na thunder go fire dem.where ws it written in Quran or d Hadith of d Prophet?

    • jikangidado

      U are ignorant that is y u cant c where it was written. in fact are u a muslim cos this is muslim matter, whatever non-muslim would say is not our concern here.

  • jikangidado

    why cant u bother more on ur religion and let us do ours. this concern only muslim and the people involved were muslim and i believe they will accept it with good faith

    • chichi

      You are simply deranged.

  • tycoon

    And what’s the U, UK and president Mitchell of West Germany saying about yhis? Or habethey become Islamic too?

  • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

    The 4th republic sharia law was instigated by Ahmed Yerima, the same senator that married the 13 year old Egyptian girl a few years ago.

    Other governors including Mua’azu joined the train.

    OBJ and indeed the legislature and judiciary did nothing to prevent it.

    Our constitution says “there shall be no state religion”. Please what is this??

    • Aminu

      I saw that 13 year old, but she is bigger than your mama.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    We hope Buhari will intervene here. So let’s wait and see what he will do.

  • Aleeyu Baba

    This discussion shud be for the muslims only coz we respect our noble prophet and every he/she goat that tries to say something bad bout him shud be dealt with… So the non muslims please mind ur businesses

    • OnyeAbia

      we mind our businesses (sic) when you go to your own Sharia country. As long as we are shackled to a barbaric ball & chain like your mob, we have a right to be concerned. We should not be in the same country as nutters who belong in Afghanistan and Islamic State.

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      What is the point of having a discussion in a bottle where only you and those who share your ideas are the only participants? The only result of such a farce is the radicalization of otherwise normal people who then go on to create utterly nonsensical groups like Boko Haram and Maitatsine!

    • Eroli Reuben

      Why are muslims corrupting the word nobility/noble with their so-called prophet! What in the satanic verses or the Quran is noble? Give me a break.

    • Eroli Reuben

      For all l care the Quran is nothing but a military code of compulsive order against humanity and human rationality. What in compulsion is noble? Nobility and lslam is an oxymoron and are words that are parallel in meaning, that can never be related or share the same sentence.

    • chichi

      What is noble about a prophet and a religion that encourages the chopping off of someone’s limbso for stealing a loaf of bread while those who loot the nnation dry and who practice the same religion walk around scot free? What is noble about a religion that encourages its adherents to wage war against an innocent group in a bid to convert them? What is noble about a religion that. encourages the raping and massacare of helpless children, girls and women? What is noble about a religion that encourages the followers to strap themsrves with explosives and blow themselves and othres up just so as to go to heaven and copulate with Virginia Virginia

    • OnyeAbia

      We are forced to be in the same country as animals like you so it is our business. When we separate, as we would have to since the islamic president has been silent on this issue as he supports your point of view, then we would mind our business. useless terrorist.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      But this will spread to Christians overtime so it is everyone’s business by extension (and don’t say it is only applied to Muslims because we know that is not how it will work out at the end. Sudan is an example). Sharia was not there before 1999.

      • Joshua Ezekiel

        Only two of the nine names was released. What makes you think the other seven are not Christians?

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          It could be possible and that would prove my point that it has spread to Christians, but again we do not know for sure.

    • Ade

      I am surprise a learned person like you is calling a disgusting pedophile rascal and a caravan thief a ‘noble prophet’ What is noble about “prophet” mohammed? may be his direct access to the devil and demons make him one!

      • Otile

        Watch you mouth boy. I am a good Christian man, but I cannot address Prophet Mohammed the way your are insulting his name. I can often quarrel with people like Umaru Dendi boy, because they are religious bigots. See how he is disparaging Wahabis and Salafis, he is a self-righteous indvidual.
        People like Dendi boy are the reason Boko Haram is fighting today. These people don’t see the difference between heathenism and real belief in God.

    • Umar Dendi

      I am a Muslim and you don’t speak for me.
      This decision is a sham. Its a bunch of wahabi, Salafi bigots seeking cruel vengeance!
      And you and all the people supporting it should be ashamed of yourselves, whats the difference between you guys and bokoharam

    • Excisionist

      We want to see the fust list and we want their pictures published so that they
      can be identified by other Nigerians. Given the past record of
      Hausa/Fulani insensitivity, I believe that most of them are non-Muslims,
      probably Christians !!!

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    @ usman

    ….and I suppose you have a registry of all Muslims……or perhaps Muslims have a different smell.
    Points to ponder.
    a.) If these 9 individuals are actually Muslims, does that not tell you that they must be innocent? Do you think real Muslims will ever commit the sin of blasphemy?
    b,) If we agree that real Muslims can not possibly commit this sin, we must also agree that the people that committed the blasphemy are not real Muslims and as such, they are not subject to Sharia law.
    Every single case under Sharia law is this easily dismissible! Thus, Sharia Law is useless.

    You want me to be quiet, take a look at yourself in the mirror. You pray in another mans language to another mans God and you are willing to kill your own brothers and sisters because they said something about some long dead person that lived thousands of years ago in the middle east.

    Even if you are Christian, the same thing. You pray in another mans language to another mans God. Around your neck, you wear the Roman empires symbol for criminal execution (the cross). Out of all the prophets of your religion, Not one of them is from area.

    The ‘Out of Africa’ scientific theory holds that Man, as he is today, originated in Africa then spread across the world, but you don’t stop and deliberate upon why your God (and every main religions God) always come out of the middle east. Why you have to face another mans country in order to pray to your own God.

    Christianity, Islam, Judaism are all the same religion in different languages. They share the same stories, the same prophets and the same laws. While Judaism and Christianity have relaxed their laws, Islam is still applying the crude and crass outdated laws known as Sharia.

    Northern Nigeria has survived without Sharia Law before. God did not come and burn it down!
    Northern Nigeria can do without Sharia law today.

    Think for a second, who are the most likely people Sharia law will ensnare and possibly execute? People with an open mind, people willing to think outside the box, experiment, create something that never existed before, People that have the will and strength of mind to go beyond the rules to figure out what is really out there. Do you get it?

    I’ll break it down for you. Sharia law targets Northern Nigeria’s pioneers. People gifted by God with creativity to develop the north primarily and the nation generally. Look at Saudi Arabia Palestine, and Israel, the supposed holy places in the world. What technology did they develop? What cars do they make? They produce nothing because of archaic laws, rules and traditions.

    ….the sad fact is that you clowns will continue killing each other gleefully thinking you are doing your Gods work, when in fact, your God does not even know you exist!

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Actually, although Israel is officially a Jewish state, their government is secular in nature and Israel is a highly productive nation. It is one of the richest and most powerful nations in the world today. You are right about Saudi Arabia. Although they are oil rich, their development came out of oil money. Outside of that, they only had an economy exporting dates and other agricultural goods. Most of the Arab, Sharia practicing countries were like that and would have remained so without oil.

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        Everything you have mentioned above as proof of Israels technological prowess is directly due to the relationship between her and the United States …every single one of them!
        So yes, I agree with you that Israel is technologically advanced, but I see no reason to change my conclusion!

        Religion retards development. What can you discover or invent when you spend all your time praying 5 times a day?

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          But the thing is that Israel is a secular society overall. It exists as a Jewish state because it was to be a safe haven for all Jewish people from persecution. However, the Jewish religion is not part of government and many Israelis are not even practicing Jews. There is nothing wrong with a religious society as such, it is just when it is mixed into governance, especially in a place where government is so central to people’s lives is where the lack of development comes.

  • tonireal

    Super secret justice. Even morons will be amused.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    If the church, or the Mosque doesn’t like the behavior of their worshipers, kick them out of your place of worship. Secular law has no place in government.

    • AJ

      You mean non-secular law?

      • Omotolaaraujo

        Yes, thank you.

  • Joshua Ezekiel

    My concern here is the other seven whose names were not given. I bet you, they are Christians. They refuse to give their nakes so it does not spark protest from the Christian community. As for killing in Islam, anyone who expects anything less is ignorant of their self acclaimed prophet who never knew the spirit that came choaking him until he was deceived into believing it was God’s angel.

  • 4Israel

    No Iska.
    The answer to that question is either yes or no. There is no place for equivocation.

  • Excisionist

    President Buhari, the world wants to know your stand on this matter. These people(the Hausa/Fulani jihadists) appear to have been emboldened by your ascendancy to the position of president. What do you say to Christians being condemned to death by Sharia law under your watch Mr Buhari? Stop chasing shadows and face up to real business . . .