Indonesia: Mbah Gotho – a 145-year-old Indonesian man might just become the oldest man of the world with his documentation suggesting that he was born in the year 1870.
According to a report in The Independent that the age of Gotho is twice the average life expectancy of Indonesians. The average life expectancy of Indonesians stands at 70 years. While Gotho from Sragen in Central Java can be a contender for the oldest person of the world, the record was last held by a French woman Jeanne Calment. Jeanne Calmetn died at the age of 122 in August 1997.
The Indonesian records office has confirmed the birht date of Mbah Gotho as 31st December , 1870. He has been quoted saying that the secret to long life is patience.
Mbah Gotho, while speaking to a regional news channel, also said that I want to die now. He is unable to take care of himself and needs to be bathed and spoon-fed. One of the relatives of Gotho said that Gotho has been preparing for his death since 1992. Mbah Gotho has also bought a burial site for himself over 24 years ago.
According to a report of Telegraph that All his 10 siblings, four wives and children are long dead. His closest relatives are his grand-children, great grand children and great-great grand children. He spends his time listening to radio because his bad eyesight does not allow him to watch television.
The world oldest man – Mbah Gotho already has a Wikipedia page by his name that cites various news articles on his age. The only thing that keeps him from the title of the oldest person of the world is an independent verification of his documents.
The centenarian from Indonesia is not the first contender to claim the record of Jeanne Calment. In the past, Ethiopian Dhaqabo Ebba – 163 years old and Nigerian James Olofintuyi – 171 years old had claimed to be the oldest person of the world. But, due to absence of age verification, they could not be given the title of world’s oldest person.