Nigerians have reacted to President Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad’s tweet which surfaced in the wake of the death penalty handed out to a Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was found guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.
Bashir Ahmad had in the tweet shared in 2015, supported the death penalty for blasphemy which he described as his “belief”.
The tweet has led to an outcry from Nigerians who asked how he is different from Boko Haram insurgents who mete out the same treatment to those they accuse of blasphemy.
The tweet read;
you can keep silent over the 12 million homeless kids out of school in your region…..And yet you go to the mosque and say u pray to Allah…Are u not insulting Allah…what can be more blasphemous. You cannot fight for God he created you and the world.. Let him be his Judge
— Abbanogu (@abbanogutimez) August 11, 2020
Sharia law, like most laws in Nigeria are only applicable to the poor. Boko Haram kills thousands of people, displacing them from their homes but are rehabilitated and integrated back into the society while those at the receiving ends of these attacks are placed in IDP camps…
— Oyeledun Michael (@cmmoyeledun) 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
Lugard will suffer for eternity for lumping us with this people.
— Bright (@AugustKeed) August 11, 2020
Boko Haram regularly executes musicians and artists for "blasphemy" in the villages they occupy, citing Sharia Law.
I'd love to know how this is not state-sanctioned terrorism.
What is the difference between the Kano State government and Boko Haram?
Please do tell.
— Uso Nnwa ♈🇺🇸 (@IgboawakeOrg) August 11, 2020
The statement is so shocking. How can such a person be in government? NIGERIA is a country! 🤷🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) August 11, 2020
I am sure it is clear to you who was abused and insulted, what you quoted does not concord with the topic on discussion
— SA GWANI😷 (@Salman_A_gwani) August 11, 2020