- A former Muslim cleric and teacher has accepted a decree by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs that he should divorce all his 86 wives except four.
The 84-year-old Mohamed Bello Abubakar has got 86 wives and 170 children. Abubakar's compliance means his death sentence would be lifted, but he still faced eviction threats from his home.
Some weeks ago, Abubakar told the press that the Koran imposed no punishment on him for marrying more than four wives.
But his claims were disputed by the Islamic council which insisted that under Sharia, Muslims must not marry more than four wives.
The historymaker has been shocked by the decision of his community leaders to threaten him with eviction from Bida and the entire Nupeland within two days for marrying 86 wives. He was given the option to comply with the council's demands before its expiration at the weekend.
He wondered why he should be treated this way, after all, he has not contravened any established law that warrants his banishment.
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