Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, said seventeen Turkish schools in Nigeria were involved in the failed coup attempt in Turkey and has urged the FG to close down such schools.
Disclosing this on Wednesday when visited by the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Shehu Sani, Mr. Cakil said the discovery was made by investigations conducted by the Turkish government into the failed coup that saw the death of over 300 people.
According to the ambassador, there are 17 schools in Nigeria which belong to the Gulen Movement, are located in Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos, etc, he also noted that these schools attract into their group by offering scholarships.
“They are misleading the public and allocating scholarships to the children of the high bureaucracy and after they graduate from school, they send the children to Turkey to attend their universities.”
He explained that in Turkey, foundations are only allowed to establish schools if they fulfill some requirements, which this group has not met.
He noted that Turkish government has already closed down all primary, secondary, high schools and universities owned by the group in Turkey and have began some legal procedures to take the name Turkish out of the name of the schools as they are not the schools of the Turkish government.
“I have requested officially, both orally and in writing, the closure of these schools. Also, I have sent a letter to Mr Geoffrey Onyeama (foreign minister) and Mr Abba Kyari (chief of staff to the president) about this subject and requested their support for the closure of the schools.
“I will also send letters to the chairmen of committees on foreign affairs in the national assembly as well as the senate majority leader over the issue and I am going to enclose some documents in English on how the group members are engaged in the army, police and the judiciary.”
According to reports, the ‘African purge’ of Turkey’s coup plotters started in Somalia where the government ordered all charities linked to Gulen to leave the country. The Turkish government has said that it would take over operations of all the abandoned charities which include educational institutions and medical facilities.