According to The Guardian, a Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in God.
Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated for "insanity" for nearly two weeks, despite a doctor's opinion that he has no psychological problems.
Campaigners are calling for his release and say the case highlights the fact that atheists are a persecuted minority in many African countries.
Bala'sÂ Twitter accountÂ uses the handle "ExMuslim", and his profile says: "Chemical Process Engineer. I stand for Truth & Justice.Â ReligionÂ insults human conscience & reason, duped me that I have another lifetime. Agnostic Atheist."
He lives in Kano inÂ Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north. The state adopted sharia law in 2000 and has a strict Islamic police force called the Hisbah.
When Bala told his family that he had renounced Islam, they took him to a doctor and asked if he was mentally ill, according to theÂ International Humanist and Ethical Union, which has taken up the case. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health, but the family turned to a second doctor, who said hisÂ atheismÂ was a side-effect of a personality change.
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