Nigerian Muslim woman receives backlash for opposing the death sentence on Kano singer

August 28, 2020
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A Nigerian Muslim woman has been receiving backlash on Twitter and her life has also been threatened for opposing the death sentence handed to a Kano singer for blasphemy.

The Kaduna born activist, Fakhriyya Hashim, mentioned that it is sad to see “Muslims jubilate over a death sentence of a person that has not even committed a criminal offence.”

She added that “it takes a level of depravity to feel elated that a man will be killed.

Her tweets angered some Twitter Muslims as they cursed her and also threatened her life.

She later returned to Twitter to reveal that people have been passing by her family home in Kano, searching for her.

This isn’t the first time she’s facing death threats for condemning the death sentence of Yahaya Aminu Sharif. Shortly after his sentencing on August 10, she spoke against it and her photo was circulated on Twitter with a noose beside her, suggesting she should be killed alongside Yahaya.

The 27-year-old also faced death threats in 2019 when she joined in championing the Arewa #MeToo movement.

Below are some of the reactions to her tweet questioning those who are rejoicing over Yahaya’s death sentence.

Recall that Sometime in March, it was reported that some youths in Kano state stormed the Kano Hisbah office and demanded that action be taken against one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for a song he composed, containing alleged derogatory comments attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The youths warned that they will take laws into their hands if action was not taken. Prior to their protest, the youths on Friday, February 28, stormed the family house of the singer located at Sharifai quarters in Kano Municipal Local Government Area, prompting them to flee their home.

Yahaya was thensentenced to death by hanging for the song. The presiding judge Khadi Aliyu Kani gave the guilty verdict on August 10th, 2020.

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