Zamfara man reported to be 137-year-old dies, hours after repaying N20 debt to grandchild

Zamfara man reported to be 137-year-old dies, hours after repaying N20 debt to grandchild

- The oldest member of Mareri community, Gusau LGA of Zamfara state, Mallam Isah Mareri, is currently being mourned, after passing away on Saturday, September 7 at the age of 137

- One of the deceased’s grandchildren, Alhaji Labaran, said the loss is a vacuum within the family that would be difficult to fill

- A son of the deceased, Mallam Siddi, disclosed that Mareri led a decent life and was generous to a fault, giving out almost all he had and not owing anyone

- Siddi explained that his father paid back a N20 loan collected from one of his grandchildren, a day before his demise

The oldest member of Mareri community, Gusau local government area of Zamfara state, Mallam Isah Mareri, is currently being mourned, after passing away on Saturday, September 7 at the age of 137.

According to Tribune, the deceased passed away after an illness related to old age, leaving behind about 200 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Legit.ng gathers that one of the deceased’s grandchildren, Alhaji Labaran, a former chairman, Ladan Traders of Gusau, said the entire Mareri community was thrown into mourning when residents woke up in the early hours of Saturday and discovered that Mallam Mareri had died.

He lamented over the development, stating that it’s a vacuum within the family that would be difficult to fill.

He said: “We will miss him, his philanthropic gestures and pious disposition, being a religious personality in this area.”

A son of the deceased, Mallam Siddi, a trader, disclosed that Mareri led a decent life and was generous to a fault, giving out almost all he had and not owing anyone.

He explained that the deceased only had one house where he lived in, till the end. He said he also had some farmlands.

He said: “One interesting story was that my father died as if he knew the day he was to pass away.

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“A day before his demise, he returned N20 that he collected from one of his grandchildren whom he told that he didn’t want to die owing anybody; and he died the next day.”

The funeral prayer for the deceased was held at his residence and despite the bad road leading to the community, businessmen, politicians, scholars and symphatisers found their way to the graveyard where he was buried.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Maria Giuseppa Robucci, the oldest person in Europe, passed away at the age of 116.

The outspoken lady who was fondly referred to as Nonna Peppa died at her house in Italy. Her health had slowly deteriorated during her final days and she had to move to another home.

Prior to her death, Maria was dubbed the world’s second oldest person. The Italian granny always said she owed her long life to her strong faith in God and staying away from alcoholic drinks.

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