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Concern over fate of Masaba’s 130 WIVES

Unread postby Wsj » Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:16 am

THE story of Muhammadu Bello Abubakar Masaba Bida, also known as Muhammadu Bello Masaba, reads like a surreal fib, but it is real. He came to limelight in 2008 when he was tried by Islamic authorities before a Sharia Court for marrying 86 wives.

Interestingly, however, as at the time of his death in January 2017, he had fathered 203 children, married 130 wives, some of whom are pregnant and are due for delivery anytime soon.

He was an unusual and outspoken Islamic cleric whose support for extreme polygamy remains unparalleled. He claimed to be under divine instruction from God to marry more than four wives. In one of his famous quotes, he said: “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.”

Masaba, popularly called ‘Baba’ during his lifetime, claimed to be a good husband and father.

But, like all mortals, last Saturday, the self-acclaimed super-polygamist died, leaving his family and followers in shock about his death. His demise has made the people of Bida and Niger State in general to wonder what would happen to his numerous wives, children and followers who live and was catered for by him.



Masaba gave up the ghost last week Saturday after slumping twice on Friday. He was buried on Sunday in his Bida residence. Expectedly, there have been questions surrounding the paternity of the children said to have been fathered by Masaba. But our correspondent observed that about 80 per cent of the children were light-skinned like the late cleric, and have tribal marks on their cheeks.

Speaking with The Nation, his children and followers recounted their last moments with him, even as they all claimed that he is still alive and amongst them.

His first daughter, Fatima Muhammadu Bello Masaba, described her last moments with her father as indescribable, adding that he gave them signs of his death, which she claimed went unnoticed by the children.

According to her, “The last moment with my dad was something that I can only express to God and the Prophet Mohammed. It was very great, it was an experience that one cannot describe. His last words to me were ‘Ya Fatima (he used to call me Ya Fatima); this is God, it is God. You people should not be afraid, nothing will happen to you. Almighty Allah is there and the Prophet is there.”

She described her father’s death as very painful because they never believed their father will ever leave them.

“Though it is very painful, we still give thanks to Almighty Allah. Our father had told us that he will not leave us. My father did not die, it is God that called him. My father did not die, God called him to rest with Him. He can never die, because he was a man of God,” she said.

Fatima said that although the household is large with many children, Bello Masaba was close to all his children, adding that he never discriminated among his daughters and sons. “We, the children were very close to our father, not only the female children, both the male and female, because our father never discriminated among us. None of his children can say I am Masaba’s favourite, because he gave us equal love.”



Mamood Bello Masaba, Masaba’s first son, said the last moment with his father was peaceful. His father, he said, urged him to ensure he does not relent in his responsibility to the household. Still very emotional about his father’s death, Mamood, who continuously wiped tears from his eyes, said even until the burial of his father, he never believed he was dead.

“My father’s last words to me were that I should take care of the house, as it is my responsibility to do so. He encouraged me not to be afraid. He urged me that I should not allow anyone to intimidate me, saying that I will need a large heart and patience to take care of the family.”

Mamood described his father as a peacemaker, a gentleman and a caring man with a large heart who was loved everybody he came across.

The second son of the cleric, a striking resemblance of Masaba, Abubakar Bello Masaba, who said he is very happy and honoured to to be a carbon copy of his father, described his last moment with his father as inspiring and motivating, adding that he was greatly encouraged by the encounter.

“During my last moment with my father, he said that we, the children, should always love ourselves as one family and treat one another equally. He charged me that we should never discriminate among ourselves, even the ones that are not his biological children. He said we should take good care of ourselves as one. But he never told me that the meeting would be my last time with him.”

When asked if he will try to replicate his father’s deeds, Abubakar said he would do all that his late father did if he is given divine directive by God. “If only Allah says so, because ordinarily, I do not think I will be able to carry the load, because the shoes are too big for me.”

The Personal Assistant to the late Bello Masaba, Alhaji Muktar Sallahudeen Bello, said Masaba predicted his death. He said: “He told us it was time for God to call him. He said that even after his death, Allah will always be with us. His exact words were, ‘If you do not see me again, Allah is there, He is the one taking care of everything while I was there and when I leave, God will never leave anybody alone’.”

Speaking on his last minutes, Bello said: “He told us and all his wives that it was time already. He then had a handshake with us, his wives, his children and his followers. He told everyone not to entertain fear, as he will always be with us.”

The organisation of late Masaba Bello, the Halihumot Nabiyi islamic Organisation of Nigeria, has followers from various parts of the country. However, in his lifetime, the organisation was run as a one-man business by Masaba himself. As a result of this, there have been concerns about who will be the spiritual and administrative head of the organisation in the absence of the founder.

His PA said there is no succession plan, maintaining that God is in control of everything and that Masaba is still alive and active regarding the activities of the organisation and household without any problem.

“God is in control. He is the one that will guide us spiritually and you will see the sign that Baba is truly a man of God. On who will be in charge, we will have to wait and see, because there is no succession plan left behind by Baba. We do not choose by our intention, but by God’s intention. We will wait for God’s directive. But I want to make it clear to everyone that Baba is not gone, he is still alive. Men who walk with God do not die.”

On how they intend to maintain such large household with the wives, children and followers, Bello said: “Baba left a great legacy behind that cannot be compared with anything in the world. That legacy is known to us and not for public knowledge. Above all, we believe that we have no problem, God is taking control of everything. As of today, his wives and children are feeling fine and looking good. You can go upstairs and see them, they are not suffering.”

On the fate of his widows, the personal assistant said that it is still too early to comment on the issue, but quickly added that in Islam, the women are


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