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Musical Associations Across The World Writes Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje Over Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, Raises Concerns Over His Freedom.

The death sentence by a Sharia Court in Kano State against Yahaha Sharif-Aminu is breeding huge concerns from global orgamizations who are coming together to seek amicable solutions to issues surrounding the case. 


One of such entities is the community of Artiste Associations comprising of these ten national and international representative organisations in the field of music and artistic freedom: European Music Council (EMC), Finnish Music Council, Finnish Musicians Union (SML), Freemuse, International Federation of Actors (FIA), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), International Music Council (IMC), Nordic Musicians Union (NMU), Artists at Risk/Perpetuum Mobile, Safemuse who have written to the Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje to seek ways of getting freedom for Aminu.

According to them, they are using the medium to express their deepest concern regarding the situation of young Nigerian musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Kano State, for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.

The association claimed that according to information available to them, he young man will be executed by hanging in less than seven days, unless charges are dropped or the sentence is overruled.

The associations says that the court decision is clearly in breach of sections 38 (protecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and 39 (protecting freedom of expression) of the Nigerian Constitution. The application of the death penalty also violates Nigeria’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which it is a party.

Considering the above, the association urges the governor to use his influence to make sure that the rights of Yahaya Sharif-Aminu under the Nigerian Constitution are fully respected and that all charges against him are dropped.

The statement was signed by Sanni Kahilainen Ahti Vänttinen Ian Smith Sverre Pedersen

President, Finnish Music Council President, SML President, EMC Campaigns manager, Freemuse, Dominick Luquer Benoît Machuel Alfons Karabuda Gunnar Hrnasson

General Secretary, FIA General Secretary, FIM President, IMC Chairman, NMU


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