For more than 5 decades, Mallam Garba Nayamma, 70, has been cycling a bicycle he bought during the regime of the former head of state, Major General Yakubu Gowon in 1966.
“I bought this bicycle with 3 pounds, equivalent to N6 and it is still in good condition with frequent maintenance,” he said, in an interview with BBC Hausa.
Garba recalls how his bicycle helps him with his daily activities including trips to the market, farm and even to towns in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The elderly man vividly recalled how he rode his friends on the bicycle back in those days.
“I remember in my hay days how I used to pick two of my friends, one behind and the other in the front. They accompanied me to see my girlfriend,” he reminisced.
He added that cycling is the only means of transportation he is acquainted with and cannot patronize other means. “I cannot do without this bicycle,” he said.
Despite his age, Mallam Garba appears hale and hearty. WikkiTimes understands that this can be credited to cycling as it is nitably impacts body fitness. “I don’t suffer from any ailment at my old age,” he claimed.
Cycling helps boost cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, findings revealed. It also improves joint mobility, posture and coordination. While decreasing stress levels, it also prevents and suppresses diseases in the human body.