Nigerian music collective pens letter to Kano State governor over death sentence of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu

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8th September, 2020.
His Excellency
The Executive Governor of Kano State
Dr Abdullahi Ganduje (OFR)


We write to express our concern regarding the sentencing of a young Nigerian Musician; Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was recently accused of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Mohammed, and was subsequently sentenced to death under the Sharia laws in Kano state.

Your Excellency sir, we have been informed that Yahaya has been scheduled to be executed in less than a week’s time, and we will like to appeal to you to use your good office to influence the implementation of the rule of law, which has obviously been disregarded in this case.

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is protected under the law which gives him freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and protecting freedom of expression. We, as leaders of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry, are absolutely against this attempt to gag free thinking and expression, and ask that justice is served by the overruling of this sentence and the dropping of all charges against him. We ask that you use your good offices to stop this act and release him from this unfair act.

We trust that your good reasoning and your utmost respect for the Rule of Law will prevail in this case.

Yours sincerely

For: The Nigerian Music Industry Collective
Laolu Akins, for and on behalf of:
Evang. Dr. Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi. MFR.
Ibukun “Aibee” Abidoye, Chocolate City
Audu Maikori, Chocolate City
Joel Ajayi, Gospel Choral
Paul Okeugo, Chocolate City
Toju Ejueyitchie, Premier Music
Bukola Sawyerr Izeogu, BukiHQ Media
Justin Ige, Green Light Publishing
Obi Asika, Cabal/Dragon Africa
Funmi Dakum, Hypertek Digital Limited
Sikiru Agboola, FUMAN
Dare Fasasi, Naija Ninja
Edi Lawani, Kukuruku/Music Business Forum
Efe Omorogbe, Now Muzik/Hypertek Digital
Ikhane Akhigbe, AbOriginal Productions


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