I and 119 volunteers will serve the jail sentence ? Auschwitz Memorial Director writes Buhari over 13-year-old boy sentenced to 10 years in prison for blasphemy in Kano

Piotr Cywinski, director of Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has written a letter addressed to President Buhari over the ten year jail sentence handed to 13-year-old Umar Farouq over blasphemy in Kano. 

Recall vivsco reported that the teenager was handed the jail sentence for using disparaging language on Allah during a disagreement along with his friend.

However Cywinski, an overseas activist, within the letter dated September 25 looked for pardon for Farouq, and further stated that he and 119 volunteers would serve a month in a Nigerian prison on Farouq’s behalf if President Buhari is unable to secure the pardon. 

The letter read; 

I permit myself to write down to you personally about a young boy named Omar Farouq, who was convicted recently in a Sharia court in Kano State in north-west Nigeria after being accused of blasphemy used during an argument with a friend,” he said.

I wish to request the pardon of this 13 year old boy. no matter what he said, he can't be treated as fully aware and responsible, given his age.

If it seems that the words of this child absolutely require 120 months of imprisonment, and even you are unable to change that, I suggest that in place of the kid , 120 adult volunteers from all over the world, gathered by us myself personally among them should each serve a month in a Nigerian prison.

In total, the worth for the child’s transgression will be the same, and we will all avoid the worst.

If you comply with grant clemency, or to the above proposal in lieu of punishment, i will make an effort to provide financial help for the boy’s proper education. This way, instead of a destroyed young man, Nigeria will gain an aware and educated young citizen.

You will undoubtedly agree with the statement that human rights begin with the rights of the kid . I kindly ask you to think about my proposal favorably.

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