Amputee hawker ,Mary Daniel has apologized for lying that her dad was dead. She said she had reasons to as the man abandoned her.
Daniel, has pleaded with Nigerians to forgive her for lying that her father was dead. she made a mistake by saying her father was dead because the man abandoned her.
Reacting to allegations that her story was staged and false , Daniel denied such allegations stating that she had been hawking sachet water despite being an amputee because she does not know how to beg for alms from people but would rather work to survive.
She said she had been hawking in Onitsha in Anambra state some time ago , from where she moved to Asaba in Delta state and now to Lagos where she was hawking before fortune smiled upon her.
Reports has stated that Daniel had been receiving strange threatening calls from a team who were instrumental to her fortune in Lagos.
However, the young lady said that it was no other person but her maternal grandmother, who was sad that she only got N200, 000 from Daniel’s fortune so far.
She insisted there was nothing to lie about as it’s obvious she is an amputee who lost a leg to an accident. She said in her words
“My father abandoned me since I was involved in this accident, there was no one to take care of me, nothing! That was why I said he’s dead. But my mother is truly dead. I had an accident truly; I was not amputated from birth.
“It was my grandmother that called me that she does not have anything, that if I have, I should send it. I said let me give her small money so she can use it to manage herself for now. I wanted to send N100, 000, I sent N200, 000 instead. She called me and asked why I sent her such a meagre amount, that, do I think she doesn’t know what’s going on, that how will people be contributing money for me and all I do is to send N200, 000.
“She said I’d rather send more money or she will expose me and I will go back to selling ‘pure’ (satchet) water. I was shocked and asked what sort of thing is this. She’s my maternal grandmother, she is really old.
“My aunties and uncles from my mother’s side are the ones pushing my grandmother into this and if she continues like this, later she will regret it. I have told her to calm down that I will take care of her but she refused. She is busy following her children around, making videos, that’s their business.
“Nigerians should forgive me. People that stay on the streets and in noisy places, they hardly have a settled mind and I said my father is late so Nigerians can help me. I made a big mistake; Nigerians should please forgive me.
“I want to open a supermarket in Lagos. I have always been a pure water hawker. Lagos is not the first place, I started from Onitsha, from there, I sold pure water in Asaba from there I came to Lagos. I don’t beg, even in my condition, I hawk that water so I can survive. That’s the business I have always been doing.
“I really appreciate the Lagos state government, Mr Idris, the hotel man that gave me accommodation, that celebrated my birthday. I also appreciate Princess Aderemi, for all the support and everyone that helped. I promise not to fail Nigerians.”
His Royal Highness, Sani Yakubu Ejima, Onu Igala, leader of the Igala people in Lagos and chairman of all the Kogi Igala traditional rulers in Lagos also added that the young woman was not handed over to the police as some reports had claimed.
According to him, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Civic Engagement, Adere who handed Daniel over to a committee, including Irede Foundation and to him so they can assist Daniel in setting up her desired business in the presence of a senior police officer who represented the commissioner of police,Hakeem Odumosu.This was to ensure the security of the young woman, and not to arrest or intimidate her.