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

International coalition to protest arrest of Nigerian humanist

By Humanists International and Atheists United (Sat., May 2, 2020) London. — Atheists, faith leaders, and other grassroots activists have organized an international Week of Protest to help bring attention to the ongoing plight of Mubarak Bala, the President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. On April 28, Mubarak Bala was arrested … Continue reading

Unheard Voices in the Mubarak Bala case

— By Robert Hamilton The dangerous circumstances surrounding atheist and President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, have risen to broader levels of international attention. Major organizations like the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner and Amnesty International have been contacted about this case, but, at this point, … Continue reading

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