The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed “strong concern” about the conviction of a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy.
In August, the Islamic Sharia court in the state of Kano sentenced Omar Farouq to 10 years in prison.
The decision is “incorrect.”
The ruling is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Nigeria in 1991, according to a statement by Unicef.
Unicef called on the federal government to expedite the analysis of the case.
Farouq was convicted and sentenced to death by Aliyu Kanu, the same judge who sentenced the singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death for blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.
Since the return to democracy in 1999, many states have developed Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.