The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reacted to 10years Prison sentence passed on 13-year-old Umar Farouq for blasphemy by a Shariah court in Kano state.
The judgement was passed on Umar by the same judge who passed on a death sentence to Kano musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for blasphemy, Justice Aliyu Kanu, after being found guilty of using “disparaging language on Allah” during a disagreement with his friend, Newsdirect reports.
UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said the judgement contradicts the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child which Nigeria ratified in 1991.
Hawkins called on the Kano state government to reverse the sentencing, “The sentencing of this child –13-year-old Omar Farouk to 10 years in prison with menial labour is wrong.
“It also negates all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria and by implication, Kano State has signed on to.
“The sentence is in contravention of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child, which Nigeria ratified in 1991. It is also a violation of the African charter on the rights and welfare of the child which Nigeria ratified in 2001, and Nigeria’s Child Rights Act 2003, which domesticates Nigeria’s international obligations to protect children’s right to life, survival and development.”