Nigerian Man sent to a mental hospital for being an atheist0
Reported by Kacie Whaley
A man is being forcibly held in a Nigerian mental institution for being an Atheist.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mubarak Bala from Kano, Nigeria was admitted into Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by his family on June 13th, reportedly after a confrontation between him and his Muslim family that was fueled by Bala renouncing his belief in God. Allegedly, the confrontation involved Bala’s father, three uncles, and brother physically attacking him and injecting him with a sedative, reported ThisIsAfrica.
Bala, who holds a degree in chemical engineering, used a cell phone that was smuggled into the mental hospital to send pictures and tweets describing his condition. “My neck still hurts, from the strangle-hold of my father, and the beat of uncles dislocated my finger and arm, I then got sedated by me bro,” Bala tweeted on June 20th. His Twitter name reads “ExMuslim.”
According to Vice News, Bala’s family contacted two doctors about his anti-religious pledge, with the first seeing no issues with Bala’s belief, and the second doctor claiming that Bala’s decision was due to a “personality change.” The family told the second doctor that Bala had been experiencing delusions and calling himself “governor.”