Mubarak Bala, 29, has been institutionalized against his wishes for mental illness. Bala’s nightmare began when he admitted to relatives in the mainly Muslim state of Kano, Nigeria that he did not believe in God. His Muslim relatives took him to a doctor who explained that he was just fine. They went ahead and forcibly medicated him and found a second doctor to say that his atheism is part of deep mental illness.
We have previously discussed how even Western leaders have demonized secularists and atheists. The most dangerous areas for atheists however remain in Muslim countries with Sharia legal systems. Of course, the alternative under Sharia systems may be no better: to be found sane but then jailed for apostasy or blasphemy where you can face death or the combination of flogging and jail.
In this case, you have the added involvement of a physician in treating atheism as a form of mental illness.
Bala is a chemical engineering graduate and is now being held against his wishes in a mental institution.