A heated debate has ensued on the Nigerian Twittersphere over the justification of fathers running DNA tests on their children.
A Nigerian doctor based in the UK took to his Twitter page on Friday to share a thread claiming it is rightful for a father to order a DNA test for his child.
“A child’s dad can order a DNA test. All you need is the child’s hair, nails or blood. Job done. And it can be done secretly. You don’t need to ask a woman before doing a DNA test. You don’t need her permission. At all. Don’t let anybody guilt trip you. Pass this on to all men,” he wrote.
A child’s dad can order a DNA test.
All you need is the child’s hair, nails or blood. Job done. And it can be done secretly.Advertisement
You don’t need to ask a woman before doing a DNA test. You don’t need her permission. At all.
Don’t let anybody guilt trip you.
Pass this on to all men.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) January 1, 2021Advertisement
The doctor’s opinion has since sparked arguments and also dominated Twitter trends.
While a number of users registered their support for DNA tests to be carried out, saying it is cheaper than taking care of someone else’s child, others opposed the view, arguing it is a symptom of underlying trust issues.
“DNA test isn’t cheap but you know what is more costly, raising a child that isn’t yours. Get that DNA Test done,” a Twitter user said.
“Any woman against this,na guilty conscience dey kill am,why will you be angry that your husband went ahead to do DNA test secretly, I think he will appreciate and trust you more ,when he discovered the children are his. I come in peace,” another user said.
On Saturday, a Twitter user — identified as Otomee — had narrated how her uncle was able to reclaim his child eight years after the mother claimed that he wasn’t the baby’s biological father.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
DNA test isn't cheap but you know what is more costly, raising a child that isn't yours.Advertisement
Get that DNA Test done. pic.twitter.com/5RWvoVMx87
— The Man (@_TheMainMan) January 2, 2021
Putting DNA test kit on your baby shower gift registry so she can't use excuse of cost to escape>>>>>>Advertisement
— Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) January 1, 2021
Any woman against this,na guilty conscience dey kill am,why will you be angry that your husband went ahead to do DNA test secretly🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️,I think he will appreciate and trust you more ,when he discovered the children are his.i come in peace
— Balogun Shiphrah (@shiphrah_b) January 1, 2021
Me I'm not doing any DNA test secretly oo. Both of us will be there live to watch the whole thing play out. In case of anything wen nor clear u go just pass there go ur papa house. I go waybill your properties giyyu later.
— Official Manuel_😎 (@officialmanuel_) January 1, 2021
I don't need DNA test sha. Make the pikin nose no big first 😤
— Donbay (@D0nbay) January 2, 2021
I no go kuku say make you no do DNA test…Please go ahead
But everything changes when i find out you dont trust me that much
— Mandla the STALLION (@EnigmaQueen_) January 1, 2021
If DNA test is been done for every child birth so many marriages would have ended in premium tears.
— AYOLEX 🤙 (@ayolex_official) January 2, 2021
A lady that has nothing to hide will not be pissed or triggered when her husband want to run a DNA Test, it's not a bad thing its his right.
— 🦋FairyGbemie🦋 (@Reddishwine3) January 2, 2021
Do DNA test if you must o but just know when the child turns out to be yours, you'd hear wen for the rest of marriage
"Babe can you get me water?"
Me: are you sure you want me to get it for you?, please get it yourself o before you say I brought another mans water to you
— Fisayo Ojabodu (@FisayoOjabodu) January 2, 2021
I do DNA test and find out you ain't my dad…. After I've done all those errands and house chores? pic.twitter.com/hvxE2RneSG
— Osuofia JetLi❤️ (@Osuofia_jetli) January 2, 2021
F*cking run a DNA test on your child if you want to!
If the tables are turned. I tell you for a fact that women will run DNA tests with reckless abandon..
Don't let anyone guilt trip you into not doing it.
— Rinsolaaaa💕👑💙 (@rinsola_lopez) January 2, 2021
Some of us we don't even need DNA test to know, if the child is too cute, na red flag be that🚩 pic.twitter.com/mXN0vqWvWD
— Vicky too much Grace 🥺 💙 (@VickyShegzy) January 2, 2021
In all this:
1. Going for a DNA test points to mistrust of your spouse.
2. If the test confirms you as the father, she does have a right to question your relationship and probably end it.
However if you feel your hunch is so strong, you can always conduct a secret test.
— Ican Kudivo-Sessy (@IcanKudivo) January 2, 2021
If your husband decides to, running a DNA test on your child shouldn’t be a big deal. If there’s nothing to hide then it shouldn’t be a problem.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) January 2, 2021
Why are women getting pained that men want to do DNA test? Someone asked what if the man is infertile? Even if I'm infertile that doesn't mean I want to raise someone else's child without my permission.
I need to give consent.
— YourFavLawyer (@jagganiyu) January 2, 2021
It’s horrible being in a relationship that lacks trust let alone a marriage . Constant anxiety, paranoia, questioning the dumbest shit and you are living with the person ? Omo if you’re doing DNA test don’t tell me o, because it can never be the same after that. Never
— ebele. (@ebelee_) January 2, 2021
Normalize running DNA test on your kids for the fun of it.
We don't deserve these heartbreaks and L's
— DEMAGOGUE PhD.💘senior advocat🎓 (@von_Bismack) January 1, 2021
Men of today, bothered about useless things like paternity.
Dig up some of your ancestors & do a DNA test, so you can finally understand that paternity is USELESS, maternity is what matters.
Your wife's children are yours.
Almost every culture have a saying supporting this.
— is A.S not T.S (@tillytate20) January 1, 2021
Pay 150k for DNA test so you won't have to spend millions on a child that's not yours. Save yourself the time and effort.
— Senator Fowóseré 💰 (@Joshibirogba) January 1, 2021
God knows, if I ever use my body to carry your child and you ask for a DNA test, I will give you that test and afterwards, your divorce papers.
— Ms Eniola/Carolina-Herrera-In-Training. (@EniolaShitta) January 1, 2021
The truth is something has to create the need for a DNA test. Not "streets is rugged" or "I heard these things happen". That's your life partner and doubting their fidelity to that extent, is a BIG deal.
— DARTH SUCCUBUS 🦅 (@PlatinumB_RICH) January 2, 2021
Nigeria has the 2nd highest rate of paternity fraud in the world after Jamaica
4 out of 10 NG men are not the real fathers of their children.
In a population of about 200 and something million people that’s a scary number.
If you can afford it, do a dna test in ur children ✌🏾
— Pastor Ola ✨ (@Biisi96) December 27, 2020
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