Ten years of life without knowing his father has affected the emotional state of Isaac Oghenekewe, a primary four pupil of Best Brains Nursery and Primary School, Ede, Osun State, Punchng reports

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It was learnt that Isaac usually burst into tears whenever his school friends basked in their fathers’ attention, especially on their birthdays. On some occasions, the friends reportedly teased him that his father was not responsible.

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The school said the ridicule had taken its toll on his learning, adding that efforts to address his pooracademic performance had been in vain. Isaac, who lives with his mother and grandmother, told Punchng that he longed to see his father.

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He said, “I don’t know my father; I want to see him. My friends in school ask me where my father is; I tell them he doesn’t live with us. They say my father has never come to pay my school fees or take me to school.

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They laugh at me, which makes me cry. I want to know my daddy.” It was learnt that Isaac’s mother, Omolewa Ashiru, and the father, Lawrence Oghenekewe, a civil engineer, struck a relationship sometime in 2005 in Sango Ota, Ogun State.

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After a few months, he was said to have impregnated her. It was gathered that following a futile attempt to get the pregnancy aborted, Ashiru relocated to Ibadan, Oyo State, where she gave birth to Isaac on October 13, 2006.

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The grandmother, Adedoyin Ogunnowo, said Lawrence eventually came to Ibadan on the eighth day for Isaac’s naming ceremony, after which he left and had not returned for his child.

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Isaac’s class teacher, Oluseyi Olorode, confirmed that his poor academic performance was due to the mockery from his friends, adding that he had to inform the school authorities after his efforts to address the situation proved abortive.

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However, when contacted, Lawrence said he was also eager to see his son, but decided to stay away for spiritual reasons. He admitted that he had failed in his responsibility as a father and promised to meet with Isaac by July or August.

 

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