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Debola Daniel Fights Discrimination As KFC Denies Him Access Due to Wheelchair

Debola Daniel Fights Discrimination As KFC Denied Him Access Due to Wheelchair

Debola Daniel, the son of the former governor of Ogun State and current senator at the national assembly, Otunba Gbenga Daniel recently encountered discrimination at a popular fast food restaurant, which serves as a stark portrayal of the challenges faced by people with disabilities in Nigeria.

Despite being a prominent figure’s offspring, the young man, who relies on a wheelchair for mobility, was denied access to the lounge area of a popular fast food restaurant, KFC, located inside the departure hall of MM International in Lagos.

His poignant revelation on social media has ignited a firestorm of outrage, shedding light on the pervasive discrimination and lack of accessibility faced by disabled individuals in the country.

The incident, which unfolded at a KFC outlet when he was on his way out of the country with his siblings and wife, revealed the systemic barriers encountered by people with disabilities in Nigeria. Despite the enactment of legislation aimed at promoting inclusivity and accessibility, many establishments continue to fall short of providing equal opportunities for all.

Speaking out against the discriminatory treatment, Debola lamented the prevalent societal attitudes that marginalize individuals with disabilities. His poignant reflections on social media resonated deeply, highlighting the profound impact of ableism on the lives of disabled Nigerians.

“I have never been the type of person to make a fuss about or complain about my disability,” he expressed. “But to be disabled in Nigeria is to be undesirable, unwelcome, and unaccepted. It’s a lonely, scary, and isolated place.”

The young man’s candid revelation sheds light on the harsh realities faced by disabled individuals, who often grapple with feelings of invisibility and exclusion. Despite their inherent dignity and humanity, they are frequently subjected to discrimination and disregard in various spheres of society.

This unfortunate episode is a stark reminder of the challenges faced by people with disabilities in Nigeria.

KFC has yet to respond to calls for comments as of the time of publishing this report.