Nigerian advises against 86 wives
By Andrew Walker
BBC News, Bida, Nigeria
Mr Bello Abubakar says he does not go and find women, they come to him
"When you marry a man with 86 wives you know he knows how to look after them"
Wife Ganiat Bello Abubakar
Most Muslim scholars agree that a man is allowed to have four wives, as long as he can treat them equally. But Mr Bello Abubakar says there is no punishment stated in the Koran for having more than four wives. "To my understanding the Koran does not place a limit and it is up to what your own power, your own endowment and ability allows," he says. "God did not say what the punishment should be for a man who has more than four wives, but he was specific about the punishment for fornication and adultery." 'Order from God'As Mr Bello Abubakar emerged from his compound to speak to the BBC, his wives and children broke out into a praise song.
Some of Mr Bello Abubakar's wives are younger than some of his children
Many of the wives live three to a room, some have seven children
"They were sick and we told God and God said their time has come"
Wife Hafsat Bello Abubakar
"As you sit here if you have any illness I can see it and just remove it," he says.