A Zamfara-based Islamic group on Wednesday in Gusau commended Kano Upper Shari’a Court for convicting an Islamic scholar, Abduljabbar Kabara to death by hanging for blasphemy.
The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sentenced Kabara to death by hanging on Dec. 15, 2022 over blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad.
Chairman of the “Joint Youths Islamic Organisations’’, Malam Sanusi Kwatarkwashi gave the kudos to the court at an interactive session with the media and some Islamic organisations.
“We commend Kano State government for arraigning the cleric at a competent Islamic Court over blasphemy.
“That was a good lesson for people like Kabara who thought they could blaspheme the prophet of Islam and go scot free.
“We also appreciate the Judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola for the justifiable judgment that sentenced Kabara to death by hanging.
“On behalf of all Islamic organisations in Zamfara, we are appealing to Kano State government to continue to pursue the case.
“We as Muslims are assiduously waiting for the day when Kabara will be hanged publicly to serve as a lesson to other blasphemers,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Chairman, Zamfara Ulama (clerics) Consultative Council, Sheikh Abubakar Fari said the judgment showed that Kano State and Muslims adhere to the rule of law and to due judicial process.
Sheikh Fari called on people of the two states to continue to pray for peace and stability in Nigeria as a whole.
Also speaking, Chairman, Zamfara Preaching and Jumu’a Mosque Commission, Sheikh Aminu Aliyu described Kabara’s actions as ugly and worthy of condemnation as they were totally against the teachings of Islam.
Also chairman of Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah in Zamfara, Alhaji Na’alla Zurmi said Islamic organisations were ready to support Kano State government to follow up the case up to the Supreme Court.
In his remarks, Chairman, Zamfara Anti-Corruption Commission, Barrister Aliyu Abdullahi said Islamic law and the Supreme Court also recommended death penalty for blasphemers.
Abdullahi urged Muslims to always adhere to due process and to go through court processes at all times to address issues.