Sometimes you have to wonder if God isn’t a bit of a perv. Why the hell else would he tall Nigerian Islamic faith healer Bello Maasaba to take on so many wives? Oh, and he’s fathered over 185 children too:
“I get a revelation from God telling me any woman I’m going to marry. If it wasn’t from God, I wouldn’t have gone beyond two,” he explained to Los Angeles Times writer Robyn Dixon.
Maasaba said that he was visited by the archangel Gabriel, who told him to pursue faith healing and marry many, many women.
Maasaba’s woman hoarding has gotten him in trouble with the authorities as well landing him in jail:
His religious quest for wives doesn’t sit well with everyone. It landed him in jail for 22 days after being arrested under Islamic law; which scholars agree limits men to four wives. After protests from his wives and civil rights lawyers intervened, he was finally granted bail. And after 57 wives testified on his behalf in the country’s High Court, Maasaba was freed without charge.
Maasaba, his wives and his faith-healing practice are all housed in a massive four-story, 89-room home in Bida, Nigeria.
It seems faith healing pays pretty well over there in Nigeria. Of course, it pays pretty well here too if all the psychic and religious faith healing fraudsters here are anything to judge by.
Still, that’s a lot of women to manage. A lot of folks end up asking him how he does it:
“In his wisdom, God has given me the power and strength to give them the sexual portion they need,” he told Dixon. “If I didn’t satisfy them, they would leave.”
Now there’s a gig I bet a lot of men wish God would hand to them. “My child, I have chosen you to live in a big house with a hundred plus women whose sexual needs you must attend to all the while pretending to heal people.”
I bet Job is wondering where the hell that offer was back in his day.