OSNepal, Kathmandu, 11th March: A Muslim cleric, 93, who wed 130 wives died on Saturday, leaving behind more than 200 children.Mohammed Bello Abubakar died from an unknown illness in Niger State and large crowds turned out for his funeral on Sunday.
It is believed that some of his wives are pregnant. According to the serial polygamist’s personal assistant, the cleric had a premonition of death before he passed.
In 2008 he faced criticism from other Muslim preachers who demanded that he must divorce 82 of his 86 wives within 48 hours.But Mr Bello said that it was his ‘divine’ mission to keep marrying. He tied the knot 130 times, although 10 of his marriages ended in divorce. He told the BBC in 2008 that he had a god-given ability to control his many wives.He said: “A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them.’ Many of his wives said they first came to him to be healed.One of his wives said she could not reject his proposal because it was a command from God, according to the BBC.
At the time of his arrest, he was described by his family as a good husband and father. But he urged others not to follow in his footsteps, as he is only able to cope with having nearly 100 wives because of the divine mission he has been given.