The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, HAKAN CAKIL, has called on the federal government to close 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for their alleged links with a movement his government says was involved in the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
CAKIL made the call when the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, SHEHU SANI paid him a courtesy visit revealing that investigations by the Turkish government have linked the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation FETO to the failed coup attempt, which claimed over 300 lives.
The envoy said the Turkish government was dissociating itself from any school bearing the country’s name in Nigeria, adding that while the country had schools in other countries, it had none in Nigeria.
The Ambassador said and I quote, we are requesting the Nigerian government to close down the schools. I have requested officially, both orally and in writing, the closure of these schools. Also, I have sent a letter to the Foreign Minister GEOFFREY ONYEAMA and the Chief of Staff to the president, ABBA KYARI about this subject and requested their support for the closure of the schools.