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Irreligion in Nigeria

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Irreligion in Nigeria (specifically the "non-religious") was measured at four percent of the population in 2012, with convinced atheists at one percent.[1] As in many parts of Africa, there is a great amount of stigma attached to being an atheist in addition to institutionalized discrimination that leads to treatment as "second-class citizens."[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][excessive citations]

In a 2010 poll by Pew Research Center 51% of Nigerian Muslims agreed with the death penalty for leaving Islam.[11] In some parts of Nigeria, there are even anti-blasphemy laws.[12]

In 2017, the Humanist Association of Nigeria gained formal government recognition after a 17-year struggle.[13] This was followed by recognition of the Atheist Society of Nigeria, the Northern Nigerian Humanist Association and the Nigerian Secular Society.[14]

List of non-religious Nigerians[edit]

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  1. ^ "Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism" (PDF). Gallup. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  2. ^ Igwe, Leo (13 September 2012). "Atheism in Nigeria". Sahara Reporters. Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  3. ^ "No country for Nigerian 'unbelievers'". The Punch. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Buari, Jasmine (23 August 2016). "Do you know the pain of being an atheist in Nigeria? – Unbelievers cry out". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ Igwe, Leo. "Atheism in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities - Modern Ghana". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  6. ^ "What if Zuckerberg were a Nigerian atheist?". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Nigeria Must Remain Neutral When It Comes To Religion". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Is it harder to "come out" as an atheist if you're black?". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ "TRUE Africa - How social media is helping atheists survive in one of the most religious places on earth". 13 April 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  10. ^ Igwe, Uchenna. "SPECIAL REPORT: Atheists face discrimination, forced into hiding in Nigeria's north". Premium Times. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Muslim Publics Divided on Hamas and Hezbollah" (PDF). Pewglobal.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  12. ^ "Laws Penalizing Blasphemy, Apostasy and Defamation of Religion are Widespread | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project". Pewforum.org. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  13. ^ "Humanist Association of Nigeria achieves formal recognition after 17-year campairl=https://humanists.international/2017/12/humanist-association-nigeria-achieves-formal-recognition-17-year-campaign/". Humanists International. 11 December 2017.
  14. ^ Oduah, Chika (18 September 2018). "Nigeria's undercover atheists: In their words". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 27 July 2019.