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Monday, 1 August 2016

Turkish Govt Allegation On Nigerian Schools Baseless – Parents

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Parents of students in Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, (NITC), yesterday said the recent allegation by the Turkish government that the colleges were breeding grounds for terrorists was without foundations.

The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil while hosting the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Shehu Sani had said his government had requested the Nigerian government to shut down the colleges because they were liked to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S-based cleric who was blamed for the failed coup in Turkey.


had said his government had requested the Nigerian government to shut down the colleges because they were liked to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S-based cleric who was blamed for the failed coup in Turkey.

Speaking for the parents in a media briefing, Barrister Ken Okaoha said the Ambassador
didn’t get knowledge and facts that could make his allegation about the colleges plausible.

He urged the Nigerian authorities to throw out any call asking them to shut down the colleges.
According to him, the colleges which were owned by the First Surat Group alongside the Nizamiye Hospital and the Nigeria Nile Turkish University have no links to the terror groups.

He said the parents would officially write a letter to the government and the National Assembly to reject the request by the Turskish government. Another parent Hajiya Sani Balogun said “we were baffled by the allegation. We could not believe the ambassador and we come with one voice to tell the world that the claim is wrong.”

Malam Lamido Yuguda, also a parent said the colleges have demonstrated that they were good training grounds for leadership development over the past 18 years of their existence.