Mubarak Bala, the Nigerian man who was committed to a mental hospital by his Muslim family for being an atheist, is now freed. It happened almost by accident, as he was freed due to a strike at the hospital. But now, of course, he’s getting death threats and is in hiding from Muslim thugs who would kill him.
Mubarak Bala, a 29-year-old chemical process engineer, said he is in hiding in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria where Shariah law holds and some interpretations have blasphemy punishable by death.
“People are threatening me, I mean life-threatening threats,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He said he was too frightened of drawing attention and wouldn’t allow an AP video journalist or photographer to come to his hiding place.
Bala said that since he renounced Islam and declared himself an atheist, he has not only lost the trust of his father and elder brother, but many friends.
“Most of my friends condemn me and tell me I am bound for hell and that in an Islamic state, I would be killed. Blasphemy is a serious thing here,” said Bala, who describes himself on his Twitter page as an ex-Muslim.
As often is the case, these persecuted people are sometimes at more risk from mobs of angry barbarians than they are from the police and the government.