Kano and Ganduje: Killing within the Identify of God
It’s fairly unbelievable that on this twenty first century individuals are nonetheless speaking in regards to the repulsive and retrogressive act of killing different human beings for non secular causes. Sure, it’s most unlucky that when the remainder of the world is shifting on with huge infrastructural and human improvement, modern and progressive legal guidelines that embrace expunging capital punishment from their legal guidelines, in Nigeria individuals are nonetheless considering of decapitating a citizen only for singing towards their faith. Is that this not disgusting and shameful? The governor of Kano State of Nigeria Abdullahi Ganduje was not too long ago reported as saying that he wouldn’t waste any time in signing the dying warrant on citizen Shariff Yahaya Aminu Shariff, a musician who was not too long ago sentenced to dying by a Shari’ah courtroom in Kano for alleged blasphemy towards the Prophet. Shariff, 22, was arrested, tried and convicted for a track he circulated by way of WhatsApp in March. And shockingly, the Nigerian Bar Affiliation Kano Department, the Sharia Council and another sect leaders within the state are reported to be supporting this. Effectively, thanks for operating two completely different authorized programs in a single nation – one standard and the opposite non secular.
In as a lot as we don’t assist individuals intentionally disparaging different individuals’s religion, we additionally need to say that it’s excessive time we go away all these non secular bigotry and correctness to face extra severe challenges of improvement and prosperity for our individuals. Why ought to we at all times spend a lot time, feelings and sources on issues like these when we’ve not completed with the crucial issues that might higher our society? Simply take heed to our governor, “The judgement has taken place and the regulation of the land permits the individual convicted to enchantment additional inside 30 days to the Excessive Courtroom and to the Enchantment Courtroom and to the Supreme courtroom because the case could also be. Ought to on the finish of it the warrant is introduced earlier than me, I can’t waste time in signing it. On the second hand, if he doesn’t enchantment inside the specified interval, I can’t spend a minute in signing the dying warrant.” My God! Take a look at the zeal, the vitality Governor Ganduje is placing in assuring his readiness to see that citizen Shariff’s head goes off. Is he placing the identical degree of ardour and energy in growing his state? I doubt. Possibly this condemned man additionally campaigned and voted for him to develop into governor, hoping for a greater management.
Take a look at the decaying infrastructure in Kano, the extent of utmost poverty, the dwindling of the once-flourishing well-known worldwide textile market, the thousands and thousands of out of college kids, the ever restive uncountable youths, the very excessive crime price, the shortage of unpolluted water and correct waste administration, and so on. What has he finished about all these since assuming energy? Kano with all of the sources and potentials for prosperity nonetheless stays some of the restive states in Nigeria due to the extent of poverty, illiteracy and mismanagement. Now, do you continue to surprise why it simply ignites at each little scratch? He ought to do properly to get busy, sort out all these infrastructural challenges and to not excitedly, anxiously be ready to chop quick the lifetime of considered one of his residents for trivial causes. He positive has loads jobs to do earlier than his tenure finish. Please, he should see that this verdict just isn’t carried out. Nigerians are actually uninterested in losing human and materials sources within the identify of faith. Spiritual bigotry and extremism are a part of what has held the nation down since independence. You aren’t anticipated to aspire to sure political workplaces, get sure appointments, head sure businesses, get to sure ranks or maintain some army posts or get sure authorities patronages in the event you do not belong to the popular faith of the powers that be. Faith that ought to peculiar be a blessing and a software for constructive improvement has sadly develop into a curse to Nigeria. As I write, the police is battling with the Shiite sect is Kaduna State. They’re once more demanding for the discharge of their chief who’s being held by the authorities for some years now. Many lives have already been misplaced. And this Shiite drawback is one other bomb ready to blow up within the nation. I’m afraid Nigeria could not be capable to survive further insurgence on that degree? The Northeast insurgence/battle, herdsmen and kidnapping menaces are already bleeding and paralyzing the nation.
The federal authorities and the enchantment courts should do the needful instantly by stopping these primitive actions that can terribly stain our picture earlier than the world, particularly now that we are attempting to woo buyers. No sane investor or vacationer will need to come the place individuals are nonetheless being amputated or decapitated for non secular causes. We commend the human proper teams which have to date mounted strain on the Kano authorities to drop this cost. We additionally name on our legislators to get up to their obligations. It’s excessive time they make legal guidelines to cease all these barbaric actions. They have to additionally see instantly that capital punishment is expunged from our legal guidelines. Nigeria is one the few international locations that also follow this. Most international locations have since discarded it. Take a look at the UK our former colonial masters and from the place we borrowed most of our legal guidelines, they’re in the present day celebrating the fifty fifth yr of abolition of dying penalty. The Abolition of Loss of life Penalty Act was enacted in 1965 by the Parliament of the UK. It changed the penalty of dying with a compulsory sentence of imprisonment for all times. Then, the United Nations which Nigeria is a distinguished member has additionally been pushing for this. It has variously adopted motions to completely abolish capital punishment globally.
Faith is just believing and worshipping one thing that you just consider exists someplace. Many of the issues we’re taught in faith are historical past that we’re all ready to confirm after this life. So, why ought to we battle and kill ourselves for them. Why ought to we kill and battle for God? Is it actually value it? There must be complete non secular freedom. One must be free to follow his religion the best way feels and believes with out hindrances besides when it constitutes a nuisance to the society or impinges on different individuals’s rights and freedom. It is rather fallacious to drive individuals to consider what you consider or punish them as a result of they do not follow or worship your individual method. Nigerians nonetheless bear in mind and mourn the likes of Gidoen Akaluka and quite a few others who’ve been gruesomely murdered or disadvantaged of their supply of livelihood in all this mindless non secular bigotry. Their blood nonetheless speaks towards our land and the perpetrators. The youngsters and households nonetheless demand for justice. Now, how can we anticipate prosperity and progress with all these on our palms? Please, we plead with our amiable Governor His Excellency Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the great individuals of Kano to not waste one other life within the identify of spiritual or political correctness.
Gabriel is the creator of the books: By no means Once more! Transfer Ahead, Energy of Midnight Prayer and others https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Midnight-Prayer-Gabriel-Agbo/dp/1475273738/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593877396&sr=8-2
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