Nigerians ‘Tempted To Agree’ With Shekau As He Condemns Kano’s Anti-Blasphemy Judgment

Reacting to an audio clip released by the Boko Haram leader, some Nigerians on Twitter said they bought into Abubakar Shekau’s condemnation of the Sharia Court in Kano State, which sentenced a singer to death for  “blasphemy” against Prophet Muhammad.

The capital sentence was passed against 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu on Monday by an upper Sharia court in connection with a song circulated on WhatsApp.

In an 11-minutes-long clip obtained on Wednesday by HumAngle, Shekau described Kano as a land of the infidels and argued that there was no difference between the accused person and those who convicted him.

“You are not in an Islamic State. You are in the land of infidels,” he said. “Before he insulted the Prophet (PBUH), your lifestyle is an insult itself. Your lifestyle is also blasphemy against the prophet. How can you say you love someone and you slap him?”

Comments from Nigerians shared on Twitter, however, show that some may have assumed the Boko Haram leader was completely not in support of killing people thought to have disrespected the religion of Islam.

Maitama Ikoyi (@SodyBar) said he is “tempted to agree with Shekau”, seeing that his statement reflected the adage that even a spoilt clock is correct twice a day.

Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, said Shekau’s comments left her speechless. “And if you know me, I am usually never ever speechless,” she added.

“Nothing wey Naija no go make us see. Nigeria makes us eat worms in beans. Kai! Shekau is now the advocate? My skin is crawling!”

“Terrorists telling other terrorists that their brand terrorism is the wrong one,” Anjolaoluwa (@getmebayo) remarked briefly.

Nwachukwu (@NonsoDrafts) wrote, “When they say something is Upside-down, lmao. Diezani giving anti-corruption advice. Akpabio calling out Politicians for enriching themselves. Efcc chairman arrested over corruption allegations. Shekau becomes a human right activist. Nigeria is upside down.”

“Shekua is giving the Nigerian government double-edged sword,” another Twitter user observed.

“Release the guy and people will say Nigerian government now listen to a terrorist advise. Execute him and they will say even the terrorist who kills people at random denounced the guy’s execution. He played them here.”

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