The President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, has said that the terrorists that tried to remove him from office back in 2016 in his home country are still operating in Nigeria.
Erdogan, who spoke on Wednesday at a joint press conference with the President Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of his two-day official visit to the country, promised to share intelligence with Nigeria to fight terrorism.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that Erdogan had in 2016 accused allies of renowned cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who own Turkish schools and hospitals across Nigeria, of being part of the group that sponsored the coup that was strongly resisted by the Turkish public.
Hakan Cakil, Turkish envoy to Nigeria had at the time asked Buhari to close the Turkish schools and hospitals belonging to the allies of the renowned cleric but the Nigerian government refused to do so.
Speaking during the visit, Erdogan said, “As Turkey, we have been closely monitoring the development in Nigeria, our brotherly and friendly nation. The terrorist organisations, the armed gangs and the marine vendors are continuously active in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities are continuously fighting them.
“In orderz to cooperate further in the field of military operations, defence and security, we are doing everything that will be available. We are ready to share our capabilities, every extending capacity as Turkey with Nigeria, especially in the field of defence, industry and security which are being praised by the globe.
“The sensitivity we show in fighting terrorism, I hope will be reciprocated by our Nigerian brothers and sister and our counterparts. The perpetrators of the heinous failed coup of July the 15 FETO are still very active in Nigeria. And we are continually sharing our intelligence with Nigerian interlocutors and authorities.”
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