Mubarak Bala, an activist and atheist, has been arrested by the Nigerian Police in Kaduna state for “blasphemy”.
Bala, who is the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, and advisory board member of the International Association of Atheists, was arrested due to his Facebook posts questioning the existence of God.
One of his posts reads: “Religion is not a person, long dead people are dead, Gods do not exist, so why fear analysis & critique on works attributed to them?”
Some Muslim lawyers wrote a petition against Mubarak Bala and accused him of “publicly insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page”.
They wrote in the petition that Bala was “born and raised a Muslim but for his own personal reason decided to leave Islam for atheism sometime in 2014”. They said since then he has been writing things on Facebook that are “annoying to the Muslims”.