OBS: 3 Out of 10 Nigerian Men Are Not Fathers Of Their Kids22 Comments

GC Staff
Posted on 01 Oct 2012 at 11:31am

 

The saying “Only the women know the true fathers of their children” is not just a mere saying. Like a Nollywood movie where an A character – a rich business tycoon yet very busy husband meets character B –  not well to do tomatoes seller and gets married to her.

Always chasing money and obviously not having time for his wife to take care of his sexual and emotional needs, character C – the house boy or gate boy comes in the picture and start servicing the wife sexually.

This adventure goes on for years and ends up with 5 children. At the end of the movie, Mr. A finds out that all the 5 children are not his and they belong to Character C.

Paternity testing has become an issue in Nigeria. According to a DNA expert in Nigeria, general statistics available is that 3 out of every 10 men are not the fathers of their babies. Scary right?

Also 3 out of every 10 children are not fathered by men they have seen as their biological fathers.

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Married men really need to closely watch our events play out in their homes, especially with regards to the activities of their wives (leading to pregnancy), if this latest revelation by a DNA expert in Nigeria is anything to go by.

How paternity testing is becoming an issue in Nigeria…

We have seen that there is serious need for it because in many homes things are happening that are scary both to the lives of children and their parents. And for the general statistics that is now available, it is found that three out of every ten men are not the fathers of their babies.

Similarly, three out of every ten children are not fathered by men they have seen as their biological fathers.What we have found out is that, anytime we take ten men, at least three of them eventually found that they are not the fathers of the children they call their own. And these men would have taken care of the children for all their lives.

Now, the global statistics is 100,000 out of every 300,000 men.

But what we have found that is that the situation is higher in Nigeria than other places. For example in our laboratory here, 50 per cent of the cases comes out negative. And we also realised that majority of the first-borns are affected. You only need to be here to see big men cry like little kids and watch children weep in agony. It has been that bad. And I dare say it is becoming something every home must do and you may be quite surprised at the level of dastard revelation.

About thirty per cent of fathers are unknowingly bringing up children who are not biologically theirs. And it is suspected that this percentage may be on the increase due to sexual recklessness. According to recent trends in sexual health, especially in Nigeria, it was suggested that unprotected sex and multiple partners are comparatively common occurrences with a large proportion of conceptions still unplanned. So, more than half, that is, 50 per cent of all paternity tests carried out by our lab comes out negative and the most affected are first-borns, except in a few cases.

Do these cases happen mostly in matrimonial settings or in casual relationships? 
In both matrimony and casual affiliations! I tell you, we have had series ofmarried men come here and go back home devastated. In one instance, a man came here with his wife. Out of the five children he thought were his own, he discovered that only two belonged to him. And they are both duly Married, living together as husband and wife. You see, the major problem we have in our country is that most of these cases are not duly documented. So, people don’t know we have such issues among us. In fact, some even don’t know where to go for the test to determine their child or children’s paternity. And I tell you, if you go to ten homes as we speak, you will be amazed to find that in almost all of them the children there do not belong to the men. It is that rampant.

If it is that rampant, how would you describe the three years since you started testing men?

Now, the general statistics by the American Association of Blood Banks is that globally, 100, 000 out of 300, 000 men are not the actual fathers of their presumed children. And like I said earlier, the Nigerian situation is even alarming. Also, Duess International, the condom manufacturers, once noted that Nigeria has the most reckless sexual life. So, you can then imagine what the outcome would be like if we say okay, let’s start taking statistics one-by-one.

How many families do you attend to each week? 
We test about 15 to 20 families. People come here as a result of various types of controversies over the paternity of certain children. You know, families have come to us with claims that a child neither takes after the mother nor the father in looks and character. So, the man of the house would be curious to ascertain facts. And when they come here with such children, the fears of the fathers have often been affirmed. Fathers usually have the doubts; maybe he has been hearing some rumours, and you know, men are often the last to hear such things about themselves. Until many of them come here to take the test, they have nurtured other men’s children before realising it.

What does it take to do a paternity test? 
Technology has made it so easy. It is just like any other deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test. In less than two seconds, we take the sample from the man. We use the Helix Swabs like a “big cotton buds” to extract some cells from the man’s mouth. We rub the ‘Swab’ up-and-down the mouth to get some epithelial cells from around the cheek bone. In the nucleus of every cell, there is DNA. Once we collect that, we purify, extract and then multiply it and get the genetic profile which we then send to DNA laboratory abroad for testing.

What happens in situations where DNA samples do not match as we saw with some DANA victims? 
So many reasons could be responsible for that. We have had a case in which a boy went to an hospital to claim the body of his deceased dad and on testing him, it was found that he was not fathered by the dead man. The genetic profile of the boy does not match with that of the man he claimed to be his father. And DNAs don’t lie.

The medical experts conducting these tests have nothing personal against the people that come to them for testing. Every human being take half of the genetic profile from either parent. Therefore, it is a matter of case closed if the genetic profile of the living does not match with that of the dead man. He is simply not that father.

- This revelation was made by a DNA expert in Lagos.

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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1lola

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    Eeii, really?hmm

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    Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @lola,well say that again shocking they not only good at corruption but adultery as well *shocking*

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    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1dove Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi,

    lets not judge the nigerians…..the trend is probably similar in ghana too.  And also what i find shocking really is that the DNA testing happens abroad. like in this day and age, really we can’t do genetic profiling…… so in my first year in university, i extracted my own DNA, and i was 18!!!!!!!  As a ghanaian living abroad, sometimes i’m so disappointed Africa is so far behind. 

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    Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    You do have a point and totally agree with you on that@dove,

  2. -1 Vote -1 Vote +127calibre (O_0)

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    WHEN IT COMES TO NIGERIAN WOMAN THIS IS NOT A BIG NEWS AT ALL ,COS I KNOW WHAT NIGERIAN WOMAN CAN DO ,IF IS POSSIBLE FOR 5 MEN TO CLAIM RESPONSIBLE FOR A CHILD IT CAN HAPPENED IN NIGERIA WITH NOO DOUBT.

    i have say it if you like sue me or BOKO HARAM ME !!!!

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    +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shina Reply:

    @27calibre (O_0), What about Ghanian Woman?

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    Vote -1 Vote +127calibre (O_0) Reply:

    @Shina, why are you soo worried about this ?maybe your son have two or three fathers right or you dont know your real father ,any way go and check DNA…

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  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Miyagi

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    Adultery or Corruption – Which is worse? Hmmm Nigeria people so that’s what you girls do with your cross legs you can’t blame the woman only but their men play a major part in there as soon as they see a woman walking on the street without even knowing her he will Already tell her he love her and want to marry her is that how you Lagos rats really approach people  this really reflects the death of their traditional values Recently, I was with some friends and they were complaining about corrupt politicians. At least two of them were cheating on their wives with separate mistresses got them pregnant and they where in denial most of their woman they end up doing prostitution especially in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands Etc so I’m not really surprise

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    -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shina Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, Adultery & Corruption is everywhere including Ghana..

    10 yrs from now Ghanians will be corrupt than the Nigerians… Ghana eye don dey shine for moni now oooooo

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    Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    Oh really says who? Or is this something that your ****uming@Shina,

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    Vote -1 Vote +1Shina Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, Are Ghanians not corrupt too (Yes/No)

    The corruption is Nigeria is just worst than Ghana… All government in Africa are corrupt

    there is also infidelity among Ghanians married woman (Yes/No)

    Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    In every culture there is but nigerians are the worst ones and they bring the same mentality to europe or western @Shina,

    Vote -1 Vote +1Shina Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, In terms of Infidelity let them carry this same survey in Ghana and SA before you Judge .

    Nigerians are the most talked about Country in Africa, Europe and the western World that is why they are well known.

    is these not a shame when someone ask you WHERE IS GHANA?

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1ticia

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    when u watch Nigerian movie often when the woman doesnt conceive after marriage hmmmm they way the parents or the men parents will put this poor woman to..no wonder the start making babies for their husband even thou the man cant fetch a child…i dnt blame the women but the traditional in nigeria….

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  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Semi-Cartermatic

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    I bet this not only in Nigeria.Let them carry this same study in Ghana and we will find out that  after all we are only a mile behind Nigeria. 

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    Vote -1 Vote +1Shina Reply:

    @Semi-Cartermatic, Seconded

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  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Joseph Midnight

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    The same for Ghanaians. I do not trust my mum. My head looks nothing like my dad’s. She probably cheated.

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    Vote -1 Vote +1`madam social Reply:

    @Joseph Midnight, eiiii saa haaaha…. don’t go hard on mama. maybe u might look more like ur mom since boys usually  get their looks frm mom.

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  7. Vote -1 Vote +1nat

    170 Total Comments

    it is everywhere, if you’ve not found, it doesn’t mean you’re safe. i have a step sis and i always wonder if she’s really my dad’s child, BUT i cant voice it out and funny enough she and my dad never got along, so its everywhere.

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  8. Vote -1 Vote +1yellooooo

    10 Total Comments

    HmmmmmMmm dats Ǻƪƪ iv got to say to these nigeria pipo

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  9. Vote -1 Vote +1RocklynLove

    640 Total Comments

    Heyaaaa Wahala…. I pity their Men lol

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  10. Vote -1 Vote +1rantingsofatwoheadedagamalizard

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    Let me tell ya’ll a story -- i got nostalgic after reading this story --  When i was in primary school there was this girl i had a serious crush on -she always looked immaculate in her green uniform -- but because i was a prefect then  there was no way i could tell her that -- so i resorted to punishing her , calling her names, bullying her -- even when she excelled i had nothing but criticism for her she could never do right in my face -- but deep down in side all i had was immense respect for her, she was very smart, resourceful, bold, confident and sophisticated but  everything i wish to be but i wasn’t.  so how does this apply to this story you might be inclined to ask , well the thing is i just realized that she was- in this context  - A Nigerian and i was Ghanaian -- wow! it took me this long to figure this out damn -- she beat me again!!

    if nobody talks about you then you are nobody -- weather na true dem talk or na lie -- Innocent Idibia

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