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Wait a minute: Nigerian Muslim told he can keep 86 wives, at least for now

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 9, 2008 | 8:44 pm

The saga of 84-year-old Mohammed Bello Abubakar, the Nigerian Muslim ordered to divorce all but four of his 86 wives, continues. Abubakar had until Sept. 7 to choose which wives he would keep or else be banished from his village. But Abubakar had challenged that edict, and a court today granted him immunity from Islamic authorities while the court determines whether his rights were violated.

Oddly, Yahoo! News billed the development as “Preacher with 86 wives gets court reprieve,” which caused me a lot of confusion until I clicked on the link sent to me by The Web Guy and saw what the story was about. I mean, when I think preacher, I think Billy Graham or at least Benny Hinn ... Graham is about the same age as Abubakar but, fortunately, was a one-woman guy.

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