Confronting Jihadist Narratives and Islam-based Phobias in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe Introduction While there has been much talk on insulting the prophet of Islam, there has not been enough focus on Islam-based phobias, that is, strands of hatred that draw from Islamic beliefs and practices, texts, and traditions. In this piece, I use the story of Gandoki and … Continue reading

Insulting Prophets: Between Islamic Totalitarianism and Tolerant Pluralism

By Leo Igwe  The arrest Mubarak Bala has compelled a revisit of the issue of insulting prophets. Some muslims filed a petition complaining that Mubarak Bala insulted the prophet of Islam. They are asking the police to investigate and prosecute him. Others are threatening to kill him. From time to time, … Continue reading

Mubarak Bala: Speak Out Against Religious Tyranny in Kano

By Leo Igwe  Today marks a week since the police arrested Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala in Kaduna. They later transferred him to Kano. His arrest was over a post that he made on Facebook, which some Muslims said insulted Prophet Muhammad. The whereabouts of Bala is unknown. The police have refused … Continue reading

Mubarak Held Incommunicado in Kano

By Leo Igwe  While the police authorities in Kano have confirmed that Nigerian Humanist Mubarak Bala is in their custody, they have not granted him access to a lawyer. He has been held incommunicado. The police arrested Mubarak in Kaduna three days ago following a complaint of insulting prophet Muhammad … Continue reading

Mubarak Bala: Death Threats, Blasphemy and Police Investigation in Kano

*The situation escalated fast, the last escalation for Bala happened in 2014 when he formally renounced Islam and became an ex-Muslim and an atheist. Dr. Leo Igwe has been working hard to provide reportage and acquire international support through the relevant networks in the international freethought community with many hearing … Continue reading

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