|Man with 86 wives:Fatwa pronounced on him unconstitutional — Lawyers|
|Written by ISE OLUWA IGE|
|Sunday, 21 September 2008|
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FEW days ago, the highest Islamic body in Northern Nigeria, Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) pronounced a Fatwa on one of its own, Alhaji Bello Abubakar Masaba, the man who says he has 86 wives. His sin was that he deliberately broke the Islamic injunction which says that a man could choose to marry more than one wife but not more than four wives. Masaba who is not denying having 86 wives said he was aggrieved by the decision of the Islamic body and is presently kicking against the decision. He is of the view that there is nowhere in the Holy Quran where a number of women a man can marry is definitely stated.
He further argued that even if there is a bar, it is not for any individual or a group of individuals to sit in judgment over him for breaking such an injunction. He has however hired a team of Abuja-based lawyers under the name of Zion-Gates Chambers to fight his cause. On his behalf, the chambers had gone before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to enforce his fundamental human rights against those seeking his life.
Specifically, Masaba sued the Islamic body, Jama’’tu Nasril Islam which pronounced Fatwa on him, and the Bida Emirate Council, a body of comprising the Emir and traditional leaders in Nupe, which is compelling him to drop 82 of his wives with immediate effect or leave Bida, his place of abode and the entire Nupe Kingdom.