Amputee hawker begs Nigerians for forgiveness
Amputee hawker, Mary Daniel has clarified the report on the falsification of her story to attract donations pleading with Nigerians to forgive her for lying that her father was dead.
Recall that, the 27-year-old was reported to have cooked up the story of her leg being amputated in an accident that claimed the lives of her parents.
She has however shed light on the allegations in an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday.
Although Daniel refuted such allegations, she explained that she made a mistake by saying her father was dead because the man abandoned her.
“Nigerians should forgive me. People that stay on the streets and in noisy places, 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.
She explained that she had been hawking sachet water despite being an amputee because she does not know how to beg for alms but rather work to survive.
The amputee hawker said she had been hawking in Onitsha in Anambra state, from where she moved to Asaba in Delta state and now to Lagos where she was hawking before fortune smiled on her.
On the allegation of receiving strange calls from a team who were instrumental to her fortune in Lagos, the young lady said that it was her maternal grandmother who was sad that she only got N200, 000 from Daniel’s fortune so far.
She claimed there was nothing to lie about as it’s obvious she is an amputee who lost a leg to an accident.
“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’ (sachet) 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.
“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.”