Written by on September 23, 2020

Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the case of Yahaya  Sharif-Aminu, a 22-year-old man sentenced to death by hanging by the Kano Upper Sharia Court for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

The Presiding Judge, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, had given the judgment after finding Sharif-Aminu guilty as charged. He was accused of committing blasphemy against the Prophet in a song he circulated via Whats-App in March 2020.

Ganduje told State House correspondents after a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he briefed Buhari on the development that has attracted criticism to the state. The governor said the house of the father of the accused was burnt by locals “but the boy was secured, charged to court and sentenced to death.” He said the boy can and has appealed the judgement. He however did not disclose the position of the President on the matter.

The Governor also disclosed that he was in the Presidential Villa to thank Buhari for assisting Kano with N5 billion to tackle the corona virus pandemic and other security issues, insisting that with massive tests which produced negative results, the curve has already been flattened.

He said:

On COVID-19, I came to thank Mr. President for assisting Kano State with N5 billion to fight the pandemic, that has assisted the state. We have opened five testing centers which are functional. The curve is now flattened.

We carry out testing maximally but at the same time, the positivity ratio is very low. So, it (COVID-19) is dying down almost on a daily basis. So, I came to thank Mr. President for that assistance.

Ganduje also said he updated the president on security situation in the state especially the military training facility he said the government had set up at the Falgore Forest for over N500 million.

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