Nigerian Man Married 120 Wives In A Lifetime, Once Imprisoned For Refusing To Divorce 82 Wives

Salena Harshini |Mar 31, 2021

The 93-year-old shot to fame as the country's foremost 'superpolygamist' in 2008, and says he is not finished marrying just yet.

The most popular polygamist in Nigeria has also made headlines in the world for his special status of relationship. Having passed away at the age of 93, he not only outlived a lot of his children but also had a huge number of wives.

He married 120 women throughout his life.

The man with 120 wives

Mohammed Bello Abubakar was a controversial name in Bida town, Niger state as he got married to over 100 women. He described it as a “divine” calling.

Man With 120 Wives
The man with 120 wives made headlines around the world for his 'greed'.

Abubakar had 107 wives and divorced 10 of them. He still had 97 wives in total at the time Punch newspaper reported.

The cleric had no detectable income and had clashed with the local Islamic authorities in the past. They described his unusually large household as a cult.

The man with 120 wives shot to global popularity in August 2008 back when he still only had 86 spouses. As he did the interviews with journalists and movie crews, he explained that “God has asked me to do it”.Most Muslim scholars agreed that one man can get hitched to four wives maximum as long as that man can look after all of them equally.

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Some of Mohammed Bello Abubakar's wives.

However, Mohammed Bello Abubakar shared his own interpretation that “the Koran does not place a limit and it is up to what your own power, your own endowment and ability allows”.

In fact, Sharia law charged him and sent him to prison as he refused to let go of his 82 wives.

That non-standard pronouncement saw him arrested at the request of the local Shariah Court. The Bida emir also accused him of “creating tension” by talking to journalists.

More wives after being released

As he was released, he continued to get more wives, making the number reach 120, including 10 whom he divorced later. He father 203 kids.

By the time of his passing in 2017, some of his wives reportedly were with child.

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Mohammed Bello Abubakar speaks to Al Jazeera in 2008, at the height of tensions with the local Islamic authorities.

In a prison talk, he shared,

"If God permits me, I will marry more than 86 wives. A normal human being could not marry 86 – but I can only by the grace of God, I married 86 women and there is peace in the house – if there is peace, how can this be wrong?

After his discharge, he still did not comply with the condition of the court to divorce his 82 spouses.

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The man passed away when some of his wives were believed to be pregnant.

 “My large number of wives? I only have 97 wives,” he said. “I am still going to marry more. I will keep marrying them for as long I am alive.

“Left for me, I would have married maybe two wives, but what I am doing is divine.

“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.”

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