A Nigerian religious leader with 86 wives has accepted an Islamic decree ordering him to divorce all but four of them, local authorities say.
A spokesman for the emir of Bida told the BBC that Mohammadu Bello Abubakar, 84, agreed on Saturday to comply with the decree.
Last week one of Nigeria’s top Islamic bodies, the Jamatu Nasril Islam, sentenced him to death.
The sentence was lifted but he was threatened with eviction from his home.
Earlier, Mr Abubakar had challenged Islamic scholars, saying there was no punishment stated in the Koran for having more than four wives.
“I have not contravened any established law that would warrant my being banished from the land… There is no law that says one must one must not marry more than four wives,” the AFP news agency reported him as saying.
“All my wives are with children and some of these are people I have married and stayed with for over 30 years, how can they expect me to leave them within two days,” he reportedly told local newspapers.
The former teacher and Islamic preacher lives in Niger State with his wives and at least 170 children.
Even Osama’s own dad had a paltry 54 children. However, at least he was wise enough to follow sharia: instead of marrying more than four women, he always kept it at four, recycling the fourth — such as OBL’s mamma — so that he “divorced” some twenty women over the years. At least they didn’t have divorce-via-text-messaging then. Incidentally, perhaps that’s why Osama is “angry” and it has nothing to do with Islam, after all: he has daddy-issues and merely needs “counseling” and “affirmation”?
Niger is one of the Muslim majority states to have reintroduced Sharia punishments since 2000.
Several people have been sentenced to death for adultery by Sharia courts but none of these sentences have been carried out.
And yet people complain about sharia, as if the punishments are always carried out. Go figure.