Bello Shagari, a grandson of a former Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari, has advised Christians not to meddle in matters concerning beliefs and practices of Islam.
Shagari stated this 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 found guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.
The singer’s family house was also burnt down by protesters who claimed his song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.
Reacting to the issue, Bello Shagari said “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.”
Concerning the outrage that erupted from the judgement; Shagari said: “The trouble we have is that there are Muslims who just hate Christians & Christians who just hate Muslims and therefore cannot respect one another.