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3 Out Of Every 10 Nigerian Men Are Not The Biological Fathers Of Their Children – DNA Expert

Three of 10 men are not fathers of their ‘kids’, says DNA expertThis is my 500th post on my Blog, yay!!! 🙂 I wanted to make this post special by sharing an interview I read which really gave me a food for thought.

A number of the corpses which were burnt beyond recognition in the Dana Airline Crash of June 3, 2012 could not be identified and claimed because the DNA of the children and parents didn’t match. 🙁 

This discovery triggered this interview which this man, Abiodun Salami (pictured above) who is a DNA Expert said that

“3 out of every 10 Nigerian men are not the biological fathers of their children.”

Please read…

Is paternity testing 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 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 realized that majority of the first-born 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 of married 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 realizing 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.

Hmmm….so sad 🙁 This is an eye opener for married couples. I reserve my comments for my October Deevanalysis.

Source: DailyPost Newspaper



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Peace is a wife and mother who reports and analyses global trends from the perspective of a Deeva; in the hope of invoking a thought process that will lead to a positive change.

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  1. To say am shocked is an understatement. But i disagree with the fact that Nigerians are the most careless sexually.The issue that a man, after several years of fatherhood is faced with the truth of the paternity of children he has nurtured,loved and most often suffered for is(are) not his biologically? “oops.( women to thy tent ooooo) let us hope some men wont commit suicide/ murder

  2. Wow!!!!!!! Ok, No problem. I ask myself, was this interview sponsored by the condom manufacturer just to improve sales or gain more awareness? Really,I don’t think so. But when you consider the area of Nigerians living a reckless life,well,maybe.
    But to the matter at hand,is it not alarming? Maybe I’m not my father’s child. Mmmmmm… I AM. DNA won’t prove otherwise. 3 out of 10,now that’s worrisome.
    All I will say is that I don’t believe it. Not that we are not promiscuous or that I am not promiscuous. Sometimes I get to be……. promiscuous. But this? I don’t think so.
    One love.

  3. Hmmmmm, I beg to disagree with the analysis. 3 out of 10 is outrageous. Proper studies should be done on the subject so that the results can be based on tangible proof. I hereby rest my case.

  4. It’s a global problem. There’s nothing unique about Nigeria in sexual impropriety. As women have given men children that are not theirs, men have also fathered children they have not known.

  5. What’s the size of the sample you studied, which area, which ages, we need accurate statistics. Gone are the days you can just throw statements and claim them to be facts. Claims need to be backed with solid empirical research. 30% sounds very inaccurate.

    • Let us start by being contented with what we have as individuals. It is not too late the figures could be 7/10 if care is not taken. We can still make ammends. For those affected i pray God will give them the fortitude to bear the sh*t errr the loss errr…but nobody is dead now! Oro buruku pel’erin. Peace.

  6. people should wake up to the fact that moral decadence in our society is seriously alarming. I dont blame our women in most cases but the men. Now, most of our so called big men cant give a married woman a job/promotion without demanding sex first and some of these women are the breadwinners of their families so they must comply to get what they want.

  7. Well, some folks here may be in denial. I sympathise with them. I am a victim. I supposedly had three boys with a young, beautiful Yoruba lady, (no pun intended on any tribe). I did a DNA for some other requirements only to discover that only the second was biologically mine. I was devastated. But I moved on, promptly left the lady and her bastards concentrating on my son.

    • Hey George, i praise your patience. Its not everyone that can move on easily after such devastating experience. She has only enstranged her children and wrecked her family she’ld be with the guilt for the rest of her life.

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