Irreligion in Nigeria
In 2017 the Humanist Association of Nigeria gained formal government recognition after a 17 year struggle. This was followed by recognition of the Atheist Society of Nigeria, the Northern Nigerian Humanist Association and the Nigerian Secular Society.
Case of Mubarak BalaEdit
Mubarak Bala, a Nigerian atheist, who was born in Kano State, Northern Nigeria in the mid 80s, was forcibly committed to a psychiatric institution in Kano for eighteen days in 2014, where he was forcibly drugged. One doctor suggested there was nothing wrong with Bala but a second doctor suggested a personality disorder and, according to Bala, told him:
"My dear, you need a God, even in Japan, they have a God, no one should live without God, those that do, are all psychologically ill, denying the biblical account of Adam and Eve is delusion, denial of history.."
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has taken up the case and feels Bala's Human rights were violated. According to the IHEU, "The real reason for this outrageous and inhumane action is because Mubarak has renounced Islam and has openly declared himself to be an atheist."  On 4 July 2014, the BBC reported that Bala had been released from hospital in conjunction with a doctors' strike, and was seeking reconciliation with his family. It was not yet clear if he would remain in Northern Nigeria, due to death threats.
List of Non-Religious NigeriansEdit
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- Oduah, Chika (18 September 2018). "Nigeria's undercover atheists: In their words". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
- "Mubarak Bala answers questions on his atheism in Nigeria". 18 December 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2018 – via www.thisisafrica.me.
- "Nigerian man detained in mental institute in Kano 'because he renounced Islam'". 25 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Nigeria atheist Bala 'deemed mentally ill' in Kano state". 25 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Nigerian atheist forced into mental hospital for rejecting Islam". Nigeria Sun. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- "Nigeria atheist Bala freed from Kano psychiatric hospital". BBC News. 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
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