Mohammed Bello Abubakar believed he was carrying out God's work
And it is believed some of his wives could be pregnant – leaving even more children behind without father.
According to the polygamists’s personal assistant, Mohammed Bello Abubakar believed it was his “divine” mission to marry as many women as he could.
In 2008, he faced criticism from other Muslim preachers who demanded that he must divorce 82 of his 86 wives within 48 hours.
But the cleric refused and instead added even more wives to his hareem after tying the knot another 44 times – claiming he had a God given ability to control multiple women.
Only ten of the polygamist's marriages ended in divorce
He said: “A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them.”
Before his death he had walked down the aisle 130 times, although ten of the marriages are believed to have ended in divorce.
It is believed many of his wives first came to him for healing.
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A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah
Muslim cleric Mohammed Bello Abubakar
And when he proposed, they claim they were unable to refuse because it was allegedly a command from God.
He said in 2012: “Left for me, I would have married maybe two wives, but what I am doing is divine.
“I just want to advise those fighting against the number of my wives to stop because such people are waging war against God, their creator."
Before his death he had walked down the aisle 130 times with 130 women
Huge crowds of people turned out for his funeral in Nigeria on Sunday,with friends and family describing him as a good father and loving husband.
Mr Bello’s PA Mutairu Salawudeen Bello, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) his employer had died at home on Saturday "following a brief illness".
He said: "Baba (Mr Bello) told us that his time was up; he personally told me that he had completed his divine assignment and was ready to meet his creator."