The United Kingdom has said it will continue to closely monitor the execution of the Kano State singer
The government says it does not support the death penalty for any crime.
They added that everyone has the right to come out and express their views and challenge the authorities in developed areas.
The United Kingdom has condemned the execution of Kano State singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu by a Sharia court.
The UK says the singer has the right to express his views and then challenge the authorities, saying this is not the case in developed countries.
Sharif-Aminu, 22, was sentenced to death by a Sharia court on Monday for insulting the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a song he posted on WhatsApp.
The ruling has sparked controversy in Nigeria, with many human rights groups condemning the ruling.
The Shariah Court has asked the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to sign the death sentence.
Commenting on the death sentence handed down after a question by a PUNCH correspondent on Wednesday, the British Embassy in Nigeria said it would continue to monitor the situation.
In an online message, the British embassy’s public relations officer, Christopher Ogunmodede, said the British government did not support the death penalty for any crime.
The statement said: “The UK is working to protect the right to religious beliefs everywhere in the world, and is coming out and speaking out in the wrong window to protect that right.
“We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves and to challenge the authorities in all areas of development. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. It is a long-standing process in the UK.