Omar Farouq

According to reports, Nigeria’s court system finally used common sense and compassion when the higher courts ruled that both Omar Farouq and Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentences were overturned because of adequate legal representations.

Last year, Farouq was 13-years-old when he was arrested and convicted in Kano State in northwest Nigeria; he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend.  In Kano State, it is against Nigerians’ law to speak badly about God due to the Sharia law.  Farouq was given a 10-year sentence.

Although Farouq said derogatory words about God, there were no proven facts; nevertheless, he was found guilty and charged as an adult because “he has attained puberty and has full responsibility under Islamic law Flaw in the Nigerian Court System.”

Kola Alapinni was Farouq’s lawyer during the appeal process. He told CNN last year that “Farouq’s punishment is in violation of the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of a Child and the Nigerian constitution.”  

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu
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Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was convicted last year after making a song and posting it on a WhatsApp app. putting Prophet Mohammed down in the song.  Sharif-Aminu was sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy by an Islamic court in northern Nigeria. Here’s the story about his sentence being overturned Flaw in the Nigerian Court System.

While I never support anyone putting a person’s God down in front of them, however, an individual has the right to not like God or speak badly about Prophet Mohammed if they choose without consequences.  And if they are to be punished in the afterlife, God should handle that not individuals Flaw in the Nigerian Court System. 

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