Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu has carpeted human rights activists and organisations defending a Bida-based Islamic scholar, Mohammed Masaba, said to be married to 86 women. The governor insisted that the defence put up for Masaba by the groups is morally wrong and unjustified.
For marrying 86 wives, the state government had engaged the cleric in a legal tussle, an action that prompted over 20 human rights groups to defend Masaba.
The governor noted that the groups would have risen in defence of the women instead of supporting the cleric. Aliyu said, “We can deceive ourselves but we cannot deceive God.”
He spoke on Tuesday while swearing-in the first female Chief Judge in the state, Justice Fati Abubakar. The new CJ is the wife of former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Describing her as “a paragon of empathy and welfare,” Aliyu urged Justice Abubakar to help to transform the judiciary in the state. He particularly advised her to instill discipline in the judiciary in order for the citizens to have confidence in the system.
Born on April 12, 1951, Justice Abubakar studied Law at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University.