The head of the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland caught the attention of many as he publicly offered himself to serve jail term on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The young boy is from Northwest Nigeria and was sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy as it is a punishable offence under the sharia laws.
The actions of the religious court invoked the Polish historian’s memory of the Holocausts youngest victims. ”I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity”, wrote Piotr Cywinski to the Nigerian President. Piotr is in charge of preserving the former Nazi Germany death camp.
He continued to say he remembers that children were ”imprisoned and murdered under Adolf Hitler’s reign and that he wouldn’t want to see that happen again. His proposals were that he would serve a month of the boy’s prison sentence in Kano with 119 volunteers. More than 150 offers were received on Monday from people across the world.
”The boy should not be subjected to the loss of the entirety of his youth, be deprived of opportunities, and stigmatized physically, emotionally, and educationally for the rest of his life”, Cywinski wrote. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to comment on this issue, directing it to the northern state governor to comment on it.
The sentence has caught the eyes of the international community and the sharia laws have been so far questioned. But the good news is that the Supreme Court can reverse those decisions. A human rights lawyer Kola Alapinni situated in Nigeria’s capital is working to do justice for the boy.
He says that the sentence has violated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child which Nigeria ratified in 2001. Omar the boy did not undergo a fair trial as per what his lawyer has said. The punishment that has been given to the boy is menial labour in the correctional facility which is overly crowded at such a crucial time is highly troubling.”Nigerians are outraged, we are embarrassed, it is shameful, it takes us back to the stone age”, Alpanini said.