Nigerian govt demands immediate resolution from Turkey


Date posted: October 4, 2016

Fu’ad Lawal

The Federal Government has demanded that Turkey resolve the crisis that saw Nigerian students being held then deported back to Nigeria.

The Federal Government of Nigeria is demanding an explanation and immediate resolution following the deportation of almost 50 Nigerian students at the Ataturk Airport in Turkey.

Following a failed coup attempt in July, the Government of Turkey had only one organisation to blame; an rival and opposition, The Gulen Movement. This led to a crackdown in every sector from Education to the Military.

One of the schools affected in the crackdown is Fatih University, one of Turkey’s best private universities set up by Fethullah Gulen, the founder of the Gulen Movement.

It is this school dozens of Nigerians students alongside students of other countries were resuming into when they were held at the airport for alleged affiliation with a terrorist organisation.

turkey-deports-nigerian-students

A relative of one of the students who spoke to ThisDay said:

“Upon arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, they were all escorted to a room and their passport confiscated by Turkish police.

When they enquired why they were clamped in a dirty room, the police said they are students of a terrorist organisation. They offered to transfer them to government schools but on the condition that we will pay same fees as private universities.”

And what was the first response when the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs first contacted?

“I am hearing the news of the deportation for the first time from you, but I will follow up to get the facts and we are summoning him (Turkish ambassador) again  to demand an explanation (for the deportation.)”

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sola Enikanolaiye, said:

“We summoned the Turkish ambassador to the ministry on Friday and demanded the immediate release of the students. We also rejected the condition imposed on the students that they should return to Nigeria and obtain a fresh visa in line with their admission to a new university. We insisted that they must be issued the new visa in Turkey there.”

It will be recalled that just after the coup, the Turkish Government had requested that 17 Turkish schools be closed down for their ties to the Gulen Movement, a request which the Nigerian Government didn’t accept.

Could this in anyway lead to strained ties between both nations? It’s kind of hard to tell, but in the end, it is hoped that free flow of people, ideas, and capital will trump politics here.

Source: Pulse , October 4, 2016


Related News

Gulen sees rise of ‘totalitarianism’ under Erdogan’s rule

Turkey’s leaders are taking the country on a path towards totalitarianism, US-based preacher and arch-enemy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen, wrote in an article published Tuesday.

Turkey crackdown: Gulen sympathizers abroad are feeling the heat

Turkey’s relentless pursuit of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s supporters during the past four months – both at home and abroad – has now resulted in Turkish military personnel serving at NATO bases seeking asylum, fearing persecution if they return home.

Turkish minister: Gülen movement is worse than Nazis

Turkey’s European Union Minister Ömer Çelik on Monday portrayed the Gülen movement as being worse than the Nazis, saying the Nazis were like apprentices or primary school students in comparison to members of the movement.

Minister says ‘parallel state’ claims not realistic, cites lack of evidence

Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı told reporters on Saturday in the Black Sea town of Rize that there is a lack of evidence to substantiate claims of a “parallel state,” recalling the government’s motto of “one state, one flag, one homeland, one nation.”

Hizmet contribution to global peace discussed in Addis Ababa

Participants at a forum organized by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have discussed the contribution of the Hizmet movement, inspired by well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, to global peace.The event, titled “Africa Dialogue Forum,” was attended by many high-ranking representatives from more than 40 countries. Gülen sent a message to the event […]

The International Festival of Language and Culture visits UN, Ban Ki Moon sends a message

The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC), which is a Gulen-inspired organization was at United Nations headquarters in New York on April 29, 2016. The youth from many different countries showcased their talents at UN. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, sent a message to IFLC.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Gulen-linked RI schools remain calm amid coup in Indonesia

Volunteer website serves as reference tool about Hizmet movement

Kurdish initiative should not be suspended by provocative acts

Opposition deputy seeks answers on gov’t ban on Kimse Yok Mu

That Erdogan’s War With Education In Africa

AK Party İstanbul head: Purge in state institutions began long before

Turkey’s Erdogan takes cue from Hitler, Stalin and Khomeini

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News