US reacted as 13-year-old boy is jailed for 10 years in court

 A 13 year old boy named Umar Farouq in Kano has been put to jail for 10 years for  saying disparaging words towards Allah in an argument with a fellow friend. This law was placed by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State.
But the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom as fault fault in the law passed to the little boy.

The same judge, Aliyu Kanu, who sentenced Musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death for blaspheming Prophet Mohammed has again convicted Farouq on August 10, 2020.

RICHENTBLOG reports that the boy is too little to be given the judgement of an adult but Islamic law  regard anyone who has begun puberty as an adult.

The Sharia law has been placed since year 2000 in Islamic Sharia courts that function alongside civil courts.

The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan Federal Government entity established by the US Congress to monitor, analyse, and report threats to religious freedom abroad.

Frederick Davie, USCIRF Commissioner, stated, “It is unconscionable that Sharif-Aminu is facing a death sentence merely for expressing his beliefs artistically through music. The US Senate should work swiftly to pass Resolution 458, which calls for the global repeal of heresy, blasphemy, and apostasy laws.”

The President of the African Bar Association, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, described the verdict on Farouq as unconstitutional, calling on the Attorney General of the Federation to stop the Sharia court from making a mockery of Nigerian on the international scene.

Mr Hannibal Uwaifo said, “I call on the Attorney General of the Federation to step in and to stop this kind of sectional court from  making mockery of Nigeria. This is a country where people are stealing billions of naira and being given a pat on the back; then you say someone committed blasphemy, according to your own religion, and then you sentence him to death or sentence a teenager to 10 years’ imprisonment. I think we should stop making a laughing stock.”

In the same vein, two civil society groups have condemned the Shari’a court verdict.

The Convener, Coalition in Defence of Democracy and Constitution, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, said, “What is coming out of Kano is a challenge to section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. We know that the current Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is more or less not interested in the secularity of this country.

“What is going on in Kano is an attempt to restructure Nigeria through the back door to create a two-nation in one because the message they are sending to the international community is that there is a part of the country operating a different legal system.”

Talking on same thing, the National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the judjement did not conform with human rights conventions and treaties to which Nigeria was a signatory.

He said, “Section 10 of the constitution prohibits the elevation of any religion as a state religion, so the Kano State government does not have the constitutional rights to legislate Islam as a state religion.”


Ademuyiwa Richard seun is the founder and author of richentblog.com.ng Ademuyiwa Richard seun is a student in Lagos State University, studying Electronics and Computer Engineering. He is from Osun state and currently resides in Lagos. Richard started web designing in 2020.

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