Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Ambassador-designate, Turkish Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Melih Ulueren, has warned the Federal Government about alleged indoctrination of students at Turkish schools owned by the Hizmet movement in Nigeria.
He explained that the Turkish government had alerted countries around the world where the movement had schools to pay close attention to what was going on at the schools.
Addressing journalists at the embassy in Abuja on Friday in commemoration of the second anniversary of the failed 2015 coup in Turkey, the new envoy stressed that the movement was carrying out indoctrination of pupils in its schools all over the world. He stated that his government had requested the Federal Government to transfer the ownership of the Hizmet-owned schools to Turkish Maarif Foundation, a public foundation established in 2016.
The diplomat described the Fetullah organisation which owned the schools as a terrorist organisation masquerading as a humanitarian group.
Ulueren said, “The Hizmet movement was indoctrinating students and people in Turkey and all over the world where they have schools, I don’t think Nigeria would be an exception. They infiltrate, they have sinister methods using humanitarian acts as cover. Turkey has expressed concern to all the countries where they have schools.”
Asked if the Turkey had expressed its fear to the Federal Government specifically, the ambassador-designate said, ‘It (Hizmet) is a political organisation, their agenda is always political; We are requesting the government to transfer the ownership of their schools to Turkish Maarif Foundation, a public foundation that was established in 2016.”
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