“Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22-year old singer detained in Kano prison, Kano State, in northern Nigeria, is at risk of imminent execution after an Upper Shari’a Court sentenced him to death by hanging for circulating a song via WhatsApp considered blasphemous.

“Influential individuals and religious leaders are mounting pressure on the authorities to carry out the judgement as soon as possible. Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is now appealing the sentence. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.

“Call on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to immediately and unconditionally release Yahaya Sharif-Aminu.” Petition link

While in itself dreadful, this typical episode in the World’s theocracies relates to Jacinda & Co.’s intended “hate speech” laws in NZ.  We asked the question two years ago, “Does Andrew Little intend to ban criticism of religions?”  According to this opinion piece from December, de facto Blasphemy and Heresy laws are what Dear Leader wants to keep Muslim immigrants happy.  Even if that isn’t what she and her minions actually intend, you can bet that’s how religious extremists — not just Muslims — will use her laws.  —Eds