Turk Coupists Are in Nigeria-Erdogan


*Pledges Robust Relationship With Nigeria


PRESIDENT of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, has disclosed that terrorists that staged a coup to remove him from office five years ago are domiciled and still very active in Nigeria.


Erdogan made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday in a joint press conference with his Nigerian host, President Muhammadu Buhari.


It would be recalled that on the aftermath of the 2016 coup, allies of Fethullah Gulen, a renowned cleric who runs a chain of schools and hospitals in Nigeria, were fingered in the coup he allegedly sponsored.


Following the allegation, Turkey pressured, to no avail, to have Nigeria to close Gulen’s concerns and those of the Middle Eastern country’s investors inspired by the Hizmet Movement’s philosophy.


Nigeria’s refusal to react as called resulted in frailed relationship between the two nations, partly being thawed by the new recinciliatory move occasioned by Erdogan’s visit to Nigeria and his promise to share intelligence with Nigerian authorities.


Erdogan expressed hopes that his country would expand his country’s trade volume with Nigeria from the current $2bn to $5bn, adding that the relations between the two countries would further be increased and developed further on the basis of a win-win situation and on the basis of mutual respect.


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 order 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, he said.
Meanwhile, the two countries have signed eight major memoranda of understandings, MOUs, on key sectors, including defence, energy, hydrocarbons and mining. Importantly, the implementation is to commence with immediate effect.


A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, noted that the two countries had very useful discussion following from the visit of the Turkish leader.


“During the visit, we held very useful discussions on a number of bilateral issues, aimed at strengthening this cordial relationship between Nigeria and Turkey. The key issues we touched on included a series of bilateral agreements and MoUs that had been finalised. As a positive outcome, eight major agreements/MoUs on a number of key sectors, including eEnergy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed today (yesterday). We have agreed implementation is to commence immediately. In the course of our discussions, we also reviewed the travel ban list based on the revised COVID-19 protocols and removed Turkey from Nigeria’s travel ban list. Turkey has indeed achieved remarkable success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.”


The statement added that President Erdogan’s meeting with a joint session of the Nigeria and Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Industry provides another opportunity for both countries to engage and exchange views on more productive ways of pushing ahead the two nation’s socio-economic ties.

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