Mr.Hakan Cakil, Turkish ambassador to Nigeria has spoken of his country’s gratitude to Nigeria for its support during the July 15 failed coup attempt.
Addressing Turkish nationals in Nigeria on Thursday, Mr. Cakil told his countrymen to be thankful to Nigeria for her support for President Erdogan.
The Turkish Nationals protested in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, calling for support for President Tayyip Erdogan who survived a coup attempt.
The protest was organised by two groups – Musiyad and Little Turkey Nigeria.
The protesters embarked on a peaceful procession from the popular Old Abuja Parade Ground, near the magnificent International Conference Centre, to the Turkish embassy located on the Diplomatic Drive, near Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence.
As they marched, the protesters waved Turkish flags and sang songs of solidarity in praise of President Erdogan.
As they arrived the embassy building, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Cakil, was already waiting outside to receive them.
Speaking to the protesters, Mr. Hakan Cakil commended the enormous support they received from the Nigerian government and people during the failed coup attempt.
“It is a victory to Turkish people, and we pay much importance to the support of the Nigerian government to Turkish people and the Turkish government struggle of democracy,” he said.
“From the beginning, all Nigerian officials starting from his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed their solidarity with the government and the Turkish people.”
“The Republic of Turkey will not forget the solidarity of the Nigerian people during the failed coup attempt. We will always remember this support.”
“I will like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation first of all to Muhammadu Buhari, president of Nigeria and commander-in-chief of the Armed forces Federal republic of Nigeria and all government officials, all the Ministers and the people of Nigeria for their solidarity and support to Turkish people.”