Bello Shagari, a grandson of a former Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari, has urged Christians not to meddle in Islamic matters.
Shagari made this known while reacting to the decision of an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State, which sentenced a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
Sharif-Aminu, aged 22, was accused of committing the offence in March 2020 after which protesters burnt down his family house.
“Muslims should focus on their Islam, Christians should focus on their Christianity and disbelievers should focus on their disbelief. Everyone should practice what they believe. No belief should bother another in any way and anyone who does so has intruded. Fact! Peace,” Shagari said.
However, when he came under fire for refusing to condemn the death sentence of the musician, Shagari admitted that there was need to reform certain aspects of the Sharia law.
“The whole debate about Sharia is uncalled for. Most of us debating aren’t even knowledgeable enough to discuss these topics. But the problem is that a critic can criticize even what he does not know which gives room for a response even from who does not also know enough.
“The only injustice I see in Sharia in Nigeria is its application. It is only applicable to the criminal downtrodden or the less privileged, except of course if it is not in punishment,” he added.