Unic Press UK: The director of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Auschwitz Memorial), Piotr Cywinski, has appealed to the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and cause a pardon in the case of a 13-year-old boy named Omar Farouq, who was convicted of blasphemy in a Sharia court in Kano State, and sentenced to 10-year jail term.
In the letter dated 25 September 2020, Cywinski said:
“As the director of the Auschwitz Memorial, that commemorates the victims and preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.”
In his appeal for a pardon for Omar Farouq, Cywinski volunteered to lead 120 adult volunteers to share/serve the 120 months jail term on behalf of the teenage boy by serving 1-month jail term each if indeed the words of the 13-year-old boy requires a 10-year imprisonment.
“… if it turns out that the words of this child absolutely require 120 months of imprisonment, and even you are not able to change that, I suggest that in place of the child, 120 adult volunteers from all over the world, gathered by us – myself personally among them – should each serve a month in a Nigerian prison.”
The director of @AuschwitzMuseum wrote the President of Nigeria and asked him to pardon 13-year old Omar Farouq sentenced for 10 years imprisonment.
He declares he is ready to share part of the sentence.
'I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.' pic.twitter.com/EzVBjCzgcY
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) September 25, 2020