93-year-old Muslim cleric with 130 wives and 203 kids dies


Mohammed Bello Abubakar, a Muslim cleric, 93, who had 130 wives and more than 200 children, died in Nigeria on Saturday

He died from an unknown illness in Niger State and large crowds turned out for his funeral on Sunday, Daily Mail reports.

It is believed that some of his wives are pregnant.

According to the his personal assistant, the cleric had a premonition of death before he passed.

In 2008 he faced criticism from other preachers who demanded that he must divorce 82 of his 86 wives within 48 hours.

But Bello said that it was his ‘divine’ mission to keep marrying.

He was brought into the public eye in 2008 when clerics ordered him to divorce 82 of his 86 wives within 48 hours.

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 Godhat 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.


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