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Nigerian Muslim Turned Atheist Detained & Placed On Medication By Family In Kano Freed

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July 5, 2014 – Nigerian Muslim Turned Atheist Detained & Placed On Medication By Muslim Family In Kano Freed

A Nigerian man was detained on a psychiatric ward for 18 days because he did not believe in God, a humanist charity has said.

Mubarak Bala said he was detained and medicated at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, in Kano state, northern Nigeria, by his Muslim family after speaking openly about his religious beliefs, the International Humanist and Ethical Union has said.

Bala was freed on Tuesday 2 July following a strike at the hospital which also saw a number of other patients discharged, the charity said in a statement this week.On his Twitter account, he wrote: “I wish to express my utmost Gratitude to all those that wished me well, especially the team that got my predicament noticed.”

Shed loads of messages have however been directed at Bala on Twitter. Many of wish are targeted towards his new found position on religion.

IHEU said: “There are still deep concerns for Mubarak’s safety in a part of the country where accusations of “apostasy” can be deadly.’

Following his detainment, Mubarak had used email and Twitter to seek help, until his phone was taken off him.
He has now thanked those who campaigned for his release and said he no longer wants to take legal action.

At the time he was detained, IHEU spokesman Bob Churchill said: “It appears that a warped notion of family honour is the motivation to pressure Mubarak in this appalling manner, to conform to religious views that he simply doesn’t hold. This is an abhorrent violation of his freedom of thought and belief.”

While detained, Mr Bala told online he was detained because of a ‘personality change’ after he became atheist despite having been raised a Muslim.

Activists instructed a Kano-based lawyer and campaigned for the hospital to reassess his case and for the government to call for his release.

[Reported By Daily Mail UK]



  1. Natasha williams

    July 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I admire your courage why wont a muslim denounce his own religion when Islam is all about fighting, killing and the like.
    Bala you a hero pls try and come to Jesus

  2. Ola

    July 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    @ Natasha, he doesn’t believe in God period! including your *****….just leave him alone and let him live is life as he wishes…Thanks

  3. Amanda

    July 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    While I respect his choice to be whatever he wants, for being Atheist is laughable. I have always believe that Atheists are not being sincere to themselves, if you want to proof their atheism is bogus, they need simple test.
    In my several yrs of searches and researches, I have said time and again that if you want to proof Atheists wrong, just book them plane pickets. Let them filled it up. And when pilot reaches 35000 cruise altitude, he should put the plane to dive to the ocean. I swear, they will scream “Oh my God!!!”.

    Since they claim they don’t believe in God (i:e nothing), why don’t they scream “ooh nothing”?

  4. Odi

    July 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM


  5. fola

    July 6, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    @Amanda thats very funny hey why dont they scream “ohh nothing”?? well like your comments to charlie boy story everybody as right to there believe

    • Amanda

      July 6, 2014 at 4:49 AM

      Absolutely!. But if you read my post from beginning, i said i respect their choice of whatever they want to be. Personally however, i believe atheists are unfair to themselves. All mankind always scream God when they are confronted by certain difficulties or lack thereof. It’s divinely programed in us by God Himself. It’s by default we must recognize God (regardless of whatever concept of God is to individual or organized religion). Hope this clear the air. Ramadan Mubarak:)

  6. Amanda

    July 6, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    As for charly Boy, he hasn’t reach his final destination yet. He will make one more transition. His last and final transition is Islam. Either just before his demise or any moment from now. And Allah knows best.


  7. zee

    July 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Amanda.d statement oh my God is an african way of oh my goosh..pls nt every mankind wil litrarily say u want to make us believe

  8. Ola

    July 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    @ Amanda, Though we can agreed that Atheist is laughable, but so is religious people… both concepts are the same. Religious or People of faith believes that there is God for sure and Atheism believe that there is not God for sure. but neither can proof it beyond doubt….all that been said, your logic/proof that atheism is bogus by loading them on a plan and pretend to crash it is laughable as well, by your logic, I’m pretty sure a believer will turn real quick as well in the face of fear….it’s just in human nature to shiver when faced with dilemma, I have known people that confessed to a crime that they did not commit when they where been torture….
    Your second post seems to contradict the first, we where programed to say or do certain things when is certain situations… ” O my God” ” God Bless you” ” God is good all the time” etc..They are all just Cliches,
    My bottom line is, believe what you believe, just know that your religion/faith is not superior to anyone else’s or if will be called into question and be scrutinized. every and anything is debatable
    Just saying…

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