Reps Summon KFC Over Discrimination Against Ex-gov’s Son

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The House of Representatives Committee on Disabilities has taken action by summoning the management of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in response to allegations of discriminatory treatment towards Mr. Adebola Daniel, a person living with a disability and the son of former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel. Chairman of the committee, Bashiru Ayinla, made this announcement during a briefing at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Tuesday. Representing Oshodi/Isolo-1 Federal Constituency, Lagos State, Ayinla emphasized the committee’s commitment to ensuring that any violation of the Disability Act is met with appropriate punishment under the law.

The incident under scrutiny took place at the KFC outlet within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Daniel, who uses a wheelchair, was allegedly denied entry, with the manager purportedly stating, “No wheelchair allowed.” This discriminatory action has sparked outrage and calls for accountability within the community and beyond.

The committee’s decision to summon KFC’s management underscores the seriousness with which they view allegations of discrimination against persons with disabilities. By initiating this inquiry, they aim to hold accountable those responsible for any violations of the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities.

This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by persons with disabilities in accessing public spaces and services without encountering discrimination. It highlights the importance of robust enforcement of legislation protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities to ensure their full participation and inclusion in society.

The House of Representatives Committee on Disabilities is committed to advocating for the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities, and this action against KFC demonstrates their dedication to addressing instances of discrimination and promoting inclusivity and equality for all.

Expressing his dismay, Ayinla stated the gravity of the situation, saying, “The discriminatory incident sheds light on the challenges being faced by individuals with disabilities in Nigeria. This treatment is unacceptable and is a violation of the Disability Act.

“We have invited KFC and there will be an investigation which will be based on House rules.”

“The discriminatory incident, highlighted by Mr Daniel’s public account, sheds light on the challenges being faced by individuals with disabilities in Nigeria.”

“Mr Daniel, a wheelchair user, faced humiliation when he was refused entry to the KFC outlet, with the manager stating, ‘No wheelchair allowed.’ This treatment is unacceptable and goes against the principles of inclusivity and respect and it is a violation of the Disability Act.”

The Committee Chairman pointed out the importance of enforcing the Disability Act to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities, stressing the need for compliance with its provisions, particularly regarding access to public spaces and employment quotas.

According to him, the son of the ex-governor and serving senator, Daniel, recounted his experience at the KFC outlet of the airport in a series of tweets posted on Wednesday via his X handle, @DebolaDaniel, saying, “Being disabled often rolls over my spirit, leaving behind a trail of shattered dignity and forgotten humanity. Nowhere more so than in Nigeria.”

Ayinla added that the denial of individuals with disabilities access to public spaces is not only disrespectful “but also undermines ongoing efforts to implement the Disability Act”.

“The case of Mr Adebola Daniel is one in millions of other unreported cases of such abuses and injustices against people with disabilities.”

“This will no longer be tolerated by the governments at all levels. Any establishments within the shore of our country irrespective of owners’ status should take note. Enough is enough!”

“The Discrimination against People with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018, passed by the National Assembly, aims to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities.”

“However, compliance with this Act has been lacking since the grace period ended in January,” the lawmaker added.

Ayinla pledged the readiness of the House to engage with communities to kick-start the full implementation of the Disability Act, stating that “key provisions such as access to public buildings, employment quotas, and welfare promotion for persons with disabilities must be enforced to ensure their rights are upheld”.

He also urged state governments to domesticate the Disability Act.

Addressing concerns about the committee’s motives, Ayinla affirmed that the lawmakers’ action was not influenced by the status of the individual involved but rather by the broader imperative of promoting inclusivity and upholding the rights of all citizens, regardless of their physical abilities.

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