Meet the 92-year-old Nigerian with NINETY-SEVEN wives

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Mohammed Bello Abubakar is a busy man.

Now 92, he has fallen foul of clerics who accused him of breaking religious rules by marrying dozens of women.

The maximum a man should have, they said, was four, and in 2008 he was ordered by a Nigerian court to divorce 82 of his 86 wives within 48 hours or face a punishment.

The 92-year-old said what he is doing is 'divine' and vowed to continue marrying women
The 92-year-old said what he is doing is ‘divine’ and vowed to continue marrying women

But Mr Bello sees his matrimonial crusade as ‘divine’, and instead of heeding the ruling, opted instead to add to his nuptial tally.

He has now tied the knot 107 times – although 10 of his marriages ended in divorce.

Third wife: Hajiah Hasfat Bello defended her husband when his controversial string of marriages brought him into the public eye
Third wife: Hajiah Hasfat Bello defended her husband when his controversial string of marriages brought him into the public eye

Rumours of his death circulated in his homeland last week, but he has been quick to scupper claims of his demise, and said there could be plenty more future Mrs Bellos out there.

Mr Bello told Nigerian newspaper Vanguard: ‘What I am doing is divine. It is an assignment and I will keep doing it till the end.’

Nevertheless, he said, had Allah not instructed him to marry so many women, he would probably have settled for a more modest two wives.

Matrimonial bliss? Mr Abubakar reportedly lives with all his wives in a block in Bida, Nigeria
Matrimonial bliss? Mr Abubakar reportedly lives with all his wives in a block in Bida, Nigeria

He told the newspaper: ‘My large number of wives? I only have 97 wives.

‘I am still going to marry more. I will keep marrying them for as long I am alive. If it was up to me, I would have married maybe two wives, but what I am doing is divine.’

He is believed to have outlived many of his 185 children.

At the time of his arrest, he was described by his family as a good husband and father.

His daughter, Fatima Bello, is one of 185 children he has fathered  
His daughter, Fatima Bello, is one of 185 children he has fathered  

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.

He told The Vanguard: ‘I just want to advise those fighting against the number of my wives to stop because such people are waging war against God, their creator.’

When he was thrust into the limelight eight years ago, he told the BBC: ‘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.’

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