Mubarak Bala Arrested for Blasphemy in Kaduna

*Mubarak Bala has participated in over half of a dozen conversations as part of an educational series for Canadian Atheist. However, I was informed of a criminal complaint about Facebook posts and blog posts yesterday against him. Within 24 hours, this is the update from Dr. Leo Igwe. Both are significant and important figures in the humanist movement and community in Nigeria.*

By Dr. Leo Igwe

Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, has been arrested this afternoon in Kaduna in Northern Nigeria. Two police officers, who were not in uniform took him from his residence. He is currently detained at the Gbabasawa police station in Kaduna. According to local sources, his arrest could be in connection with a charge of blasphemy. A group of lawyers has petitioned the Kano state command to prosecute Mubarak for insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page. One S. S. Umar signed the petition. And this is how one Yusuf Jnr (@MrZage) commented on the petition on his tweeter account: “Some group of lawyers finally write a petition against that animal Mubarak Bala”. He described Mubarak as ‘an animal’.

Besides, there is also an online petition on change.org. Halima Sa’adiya Umar started the petition asking Facebook to close down the account of Mubarak Bala. All of us at the Humanist Association of Nigeria are deeply worried by the arrest and detention of our president, Mubarak Bala. Mubarak Bala will likely be handed over to the Kano state police command, that will prosecute him for blasphemy, a crime that carries a death sentence under sharia law. We urge the Inspector General of Police, the governor of Kaduna, Mallam Elrufai to ensure his immediate release.

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Image Credit: Mubarak Bala.

8 thoughts on “Mubarak Bala Arrested for Blasphemy in Kaduna

  1. What the so called Mubarak did was really a blasphemy to our beloved prophet (may peace and Allah’s blessings be upon him). If he wants to propagate his base less ideas, he should not blaspheme.

    • You have no right to enforce your superstitious nonsense on those of us who do not believe in your God or any other. If your religion cannot tolerate criticism or satire then there is something really wrong with it and it’s followers.

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  3. This guy was contracted to distroy Islam. freedom of religion or thought, isn’t a freedom to insult Islam.
    Being a former Muslim, he would have maind his business not to involve himself in anything concerning Islam if not for his hiding agenda.
    He deserve to be arrested.
    He

  4. I feel a true human, as they called themselves “humanists” cannot do what other humans may find insulting. Let him do his humanism and let others do their religion. If he is human, he should act like humans. Perhaps, that’s why someone called him an animal.

  5. Humanism is far better than islam because humanist beleive in reality where is your reality islamists? Mubaraka Bala should be released without trail because what he is preaching is normal one has freedom to worship what he wishes.Truth pains

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