A resident of Up garage area of Lokoja, Kogi State, Malam Muhammad Awal, fulfilled a long time dream last Sunday as he got married for the first time in his life at 74 years.
Awal who is the only male out of five children of his parents married a 45-year-old woman, Malama Rahmat Muhammad, who divorced her husband about six months ago.
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Reports from his family stated that Awal appeared to have been bedevilled with a misfortune in his quest to get married all these years.
“Anytime he made a move to get married, just as it was about to get through, it collapsed. He has been battling with this misfortune all this years until God answered his prayers this time,” said a family member who craved anonymity.
Awal who is a dry cleaner by profession for the past 49 years is said to be famous for his rare expression of dexterity and truthfulness on his job.
It was learnt that his marriage which many believed was long overdue attracted a mammoth crowd of people from all walks of lives.
As a mark of love for him and his wife, the people were said to have defied early morning downpour in his areas to witness the marriage prayers.
In his remarks after marriage, Awal stated that he had almost given up on marriage until he met Rahmat.
“I have always been afraid I might fail in my duty of care to a spouse, if I married, and it is something I fear and don’t want to joke with.
“So, to avoid all of that, I dismissed the idea of marriage altogether. But now, Allah has made this a reality,” he said.
He stated further that many women turned down his love advances in the pas , especially at his youthful age.
”When I was much younger, many of them looked down on me, mostly because of my financial status. But I thank God it is in the past now,” he said.
He extolled his wife, saying “Apart from the fact that she is beautiful, she is also down-to-earth, understanding, religious and rooted in the marital institution.
“Only Allah knows if we are going to have children. You never know what the Almighty can do. It is not in our hands, but His hands.”