Charlie Buttrey

October 7, 2020

I don’t know the full details, but it appears that 13-year-old Omar Farouq, who lives in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, somehow insulted Allah during an argument with a friend. For that he was sentenced, last August, to ten years in prison.

Enter Piotr Cywinski.

Cywinski is the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. It was at Auschwitz, lest we forget, that more than a million people — the vast majority of them Jewish — perished during World War II.

Last week, Cywinski wrote a letter to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to pardon Omar. And, Cywinski wrote, if Buhari was unwilling to pardon the boy, he and 119 other adult volunteers were willing to serve one month each in prison on Omar’s behalf.

When asked where he found 120 people to volunteer to serve a month’s prison time in Omar’s stead, Cywinski replied “There are already way more than 120! I can’t even get back to everyone.”

Buhari has not yet intervened, calling it a matter of “state justice.”



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