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Nigerians Blast Buhari’s Aide For Supporting Death Sentence As Penalty For Blasphemy

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Bashir Ahmad

Ganiyat Ganiyu

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.

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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”.

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