Kano and Ganduje: Killing within the Title of God
It’s fairly unbelievable that on this twenty first century persons are nonetheless speaking concerning the repulsive and retrogressive act of killing different human beings for spiritual causes. Sure, it’s most unlucky that when the remainder of the world is shifting on with large infrastructural and human growth, modern and progressive legal guidelines that embody expunging capital punishment from their legal guidelines, in Nigeria persons are nonetheless considering of decapitating a citizen only for singing in opposition to 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 loss of life warrant on citizen Shariff Yahaya Aminu Shariff, a musician who was not too long ago sentenced to loss of life by a Shari’ah court docket in Kano for alleged blasphemy in opposition to the Prophet. Shariff, 22, was arrested, tried and convicted for a tune he circulated via 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 techniques in a single nation – one standard and the opposite spiritual.
In as a lot as we don’t assist folks intentionally disparaging different folks’s religion, we additionally wish to say that it’s excessive time we depart all these spiritual bigotry and correctness to face extra severe challenges of growth and prosperity for our folks. Why ought to we all the time spend a lot time, feelings and sources on issues like these when we’ve not completed with the crucial issues that will higher our society? Simply hearken to our governor, “The judgement has taken place and the legislation of the land permits the particular person convicted to enchantment additional inside 30 days to the Excessive Court docket and to the Attraction Court docket and to the Supreme court docket because the case could also be. Ought to on the finish of it the warrant is offered earlier than me, I can’t waste time in signing it. On the second hand, if he doesn’t enchantment throughout the specified interval, I can’t spend a minute in signing the loss of life 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 stage 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 hundreds of thousands of out of faculty youngsters, the ever restive uncountable youths, the very excessive crime fee, the shortage of unpolluted water and correct waste administration, and many others. 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 marvel why it simply ignites at each little scratch? He ought to do effectively to get busy, deal with all these infrastructural challenges and to not excitedly, anxiously be ready to chop quick the lifetime of one in every of his residents for trivial causes. He positive has lots jobs to do earlier than his tenure finish. Please, he should see that this verdict is just not carried out. Nigerians are actually uninterested in losing human and materials sources within the title 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 places of work, get sure appointments, head sure companies, get to sure ranks or maintain some navy posts or get sure authorities patronages if you happen to do not belong to the popular faith of the powers that be. Faith that ought to atypical be a blessing and a instrument for optimistic growth 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 have the ability to survive extra insurgence on that stage? The Northeast insurgence/conflict, 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 try to woo buyers. No sane investor or vacationer will wish to come the place persons are nonetheless being amputated or decapitated for spiritual causes. We commend the human proper teams which have to this point 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 nations that also observe this. Most nations 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 at present celebrating the fifty fifth 12 months of abolition of loss of life penalty. The Abolition of Demise Penalty Act was enacted in 1965 by the Parliament of the UK. It changed the penalty of loss of life with a compulsory sentence of imprisonment for all times. Then, the United Nations which Nigeria is a outstanding 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 simply 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 struggle and kill ourselves for them. Why ought to we kill and struggle for God? Is it actually price it? There needs to be complete spiritual freedom. One needs to be free to observe his religion the best way feels and believes with out hindrances besides when it constitutes a nuisance to the society or impinges on different folks’s rights and freedom. It is vitally unsuitable to power folks to consider what you consider or punish them as a result of they do not observe or worship your individual manner. Nigerians nonetheless keep 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 spiritual bigotry. Their blood nonetheless speaks in opposition to our land and the perpetrators. The youngsters and households nonetheless demand for justice. Now, how can we count on prosperity and progress with all these on our fingers? Please, we plead with our amiable Governor His Excellency Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the nice folks of Kano to not waste one other life within the title of spiritual or political correctness.
Gabriel is the writer 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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