Yaqub Ganiyu, a Nigerian man, detailed how he passed out twice after his 17-year-old daughter, Muridia, informed him that she wasn’t his.
Yaqub, a commercial biker from Lagos state, stated in an interview with Vanguard that he has yet to accept the reality of his wife’s confession. When his wife relayed the news to him, he claims he fainted twice out of shock.
The father of four, speaking in his one-room apartment on Matomi Street in Alagbado, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states, claimed his wife informed him that their daughter’s father is a neighbor who has migrated to Germany.
“I met Muridia 17 years ago when she was an apprentice. I assisted her financially until she mastered the skill. Thereafter, we started dating and living together. I brought her to Lagos, from Otu Village, Oyo State, to set up a business for her.
We are blessed with four children, a daughter and three sons – aged 14, 8 and 4 years and three months respectively.
Initially, things went smoothly in the family while I was working as a truck operator. At a point, I lost that job. I started riding a motorcycle in order to put food on the table.
Recently, I noticed that my wife started behaving strangely. I kept calm to allow peace reign until she brought a Tecno-5 Phone home. When I asked where she got it from, she gave a flimsy reason. I also noticed she had been communicating with a man whose identity I did not know. I had to seize the phone.
About a month ago, she woke me up at midnight and told me that I was not the biological father of our 14-year-old daughter. She said her former boyfriend who lives in Germany is the biological father of the child. You won’t believe that this same man and I were once neighbors before he travelled abroad.
Muridia admitted to being pregnant for another man at the time she met Yaqub when she was interviewed.
“When I discovered I was six weeks pregnant, I told Teslim about it but he sent me away and asked me to terminate it.
Luckily for me, Yaqub walked into my life and slept with me. A few weeks later, I told him I was pregnant for him, he accepted paternity and we pulled resources together to rent an apartment. Teslim and I were in the village while Yaqub was visiting from Lagos.
I am a hairdresser but our stay together had been hellish as Yaqub has no tangible source of income to fend for the family.
Several attempts to walk away from the marriage were unsuccessful as he tactically tied me down with pregnancy. This is the fourth rented apartment I have paid for but he always disrupts my chances of staying alone.
One day, I got a call from Teslim’s friend, who requested to know what happened to the pregnancy of 15 years ago, I did not give him any response.
I was in church one day when Teslim’s relative sent a Tecno-5 phone to me because mine was faulty. Teslim called me to say he was in Germany but that settling down maritally had been difficult. He told me that upon divination, he was told to go and claim the paternity of the baby he abandoned in order to have a settled life.
Two weeks ago, Yaqub and I had a quarrel in my shop. Neighbours intervened by contacting the So Safe Corps which effected his arrest.
My uncle and other members of my family are aware of this matter. There are moves to conduct a DNA test to ascertain the biological father of my daughter, Zainab” she said