A Nigerian man who was once forced by an Islamic court to divorce 82 of his 86 wives has died at the age of 93, his spokesman said on Monday.
According to Salahu Bello told AFP via phone interview, Muhammadu Bello Masaba “passed away on Saturday in his home surrounded by his family.”
Masaba, was ordered by a sharia court in 2008 in the state capital, Minna, held him in “incendiary contempt of religious laws and contracting unlawful marriage to 86 wives”.
The Nigerian Sharia court also told Mabasa to keep only four — the maximum allowed by Islam. But Masaba — known affectionately as “Baba” (father) — refused, insisting he had not breached any religious tenets.
It can be remembered that when he opposed the ruling he was detained, all 86 wives and 20 of their 170 children protested outside the Niger state ministry of justice in a show of support. The case was later dropped.
The spokesperson also added that Masaba had left “a legacy of trust, compassion and submission to the will of Allah” but he did not give a cause of death.
“He died at the age of 93 and anyone who lives to that age should be expected to have health challenges,” Bello said.
“Baba wouldn’t take medicine and wouldn’t advise people to take medicine. That is how he lived. His family is intact. All his 86 wives were around him when he died.”