Thursday, June 26, 2014

No freedom of religion in Nigeria

We take freedom of religion for granted in New Zealand. You can believe what you want, and its treated as a private matter between you and the uncaring universe. If you happen to believe different things from your family, they just have to live with it.

In Nigeria, things are a little different:

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.

The Nigerian constitution affirms the freedom of religion. sadly, this doesn't seem to mean much in practice.