The Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, has come under attack by Nigerians on micro-blogging site, Twitter, for openly declaring support for death sentence as penalty for blasphemy.
The sentencing of a Kano based musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad had generated reactions on social media.
An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey Area of the State said Sharif-Aminu, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.
However, Ahmad came under attack after his old tweet where he had declared support for death penalty for blasphemy resurfaced on the internet.
The presidential aide had in 2015 tweeted, “I cant pretend or keep silent. I support the death penalty for BLASPHEMY. That’s my belief and I do not and will never support #SaveKanoNine.”
Reacting to the old tweet, Twitter users berated him as they described the tweet as “shocking and disappointing for someone in government”.
Check out the reactions below:
Meanwhile you should be proud of your inanity. It is easy to feel a right to another's life until someone decides to have a right over ours. The ruthlessness of a General is not in his ability to punish others but in his ability to punish himself , only then can he instill order
— Mbe de AmeboDoctor™ (@AmeboDoctor) August 11, 2020
Bashir, we know this is the mindset of majority of you, even if others are timid to air their voices publicly.
Death sentence bcoz of blasphemy is state sponsored terrorism. You are no different from boko haram with your stance.
In reality, no one fights for a true living God. pic.twitter.com/66a5uJ4mP4
— Gentleman (@olajideobe) August 11, 2020
God is to Judge anyone who blasphames not the court of law. Why take someones life because if such a thing , does it make your God smaller? This is the most unfair thing i've ever heard of.
— Awele (@awelewele_) August 11, 2020
The difference is that @BashirAhmaad is a corporate Boko Haram on Nigerian payroll, while their ground soldiers are those Boko Haram without a specific office killing innocent people everywhere…not until we all see the need to separate this wolves in uniform will kill us.
— Kale Ayomide (@kalejaiyeAY) August 11, 2020
How are you different from Boko Haram then?
— Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (@kolatubosun) August 11, 2020
A leopard never changes its spot . Same thoughts yesterday, today and tomorrow. These are people at the helm of affairs brazenly supporting the death penalty for blasphemy but a governor who was caught on camera in Kano state stuffing dollars in his babariga walks scot free.
— Oyeledun Michael (@cmmoyeledun) August 11, 2020