House of Reps Summons KFC Over Discrimination Against Senator Gbenga Daniel’s Son

By Damilare Adeleye

The Federal House of Representatives Committee on Disabilities has invited the operators of the fast-food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) over the alleged ill-treatment of Mr Adebola Daniel, a person living with a disability.

Adebola is the son of former Ogun State Governor and current senator representing Ogun East District, Gbenga Daniel.

The Chairman of the House Committee, Bashiru Ayinla disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing the House of Representatives correspondents at the National Assembly Complex, in Abuja.

Ayinla, a member of the All Progressives Congress representing Oshodi/Isolo-1 Federal Constituency, of Lagos State said that the committee would go the whole distance to ensure that those found to have breached the Disability Act are punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.

Adebola, a wheelchair user was reportedly denied access to a KFC outlet within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos last week with the manager quoted as saying, “No wheelchair allowed.”

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

He said, “The discriminatory incident, highlighted by Mr Daniel's public account, sheds light on the challenges 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 against Disability Act.”

The son of the ex-governor and serving senator, Gbenga Daniel, recounted his experience at the KFC outlet of the airport in a series of tweets posted last 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 said the denial of individuals with disabilities access to public spaces is not only disrespectful “but also undermines ongoing efforts to implement the Disability Act”.

He continued, “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.”

It was recalled that last Thursday the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had ordered the immediate closure of the KFC outlet and given conditions that must satisfied before it would be reopened.