- The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has spoken on the fight against terrorism in his country and Nigeria
- Erdogan at a joint press conference with President Buhari in Abuja said the terrorist group that allegedly attempted ousting him is active in Nigeria
- The Turkish president pledged his country's cooperation with Nigeria especially in the fight against terrorism
Aso Rock, Abuja - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey says the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), which he blamed for the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt against his government, is still active in Nigeria.
The Turkish president asked Nigeria to join his country to forge solidarity in the fight against terrorism in the two countries as one of the oldest allies of Turkey in Africa.
He said Turkey has been closely monitoring the developments unfolding in Nigeria, describing the nation as brotherly and friendly.
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Erdogan noted that his government will cooperate with Nigeria in the fields of military, defense, and security with the aim of defeating the terrorist organisations, armed gangs and bandits threatening the country's peace.
“As we’re probably aware of the fact that Turkey has been fighting against terrorist organisations for many decades, such as the PKK, PYD, FETO, DASH and other terrorist organisations.
“The perpetrator of the heinous failed coup of July the 15th, FETO, is still illegally active in Nigeria, and we are continuously sharing our intelligence with the Nigerian interlocutors and authorities. I hope and pray that our Nigerian brothers will forge a closer solidarity in this field with us, the Republic of Turkey. I hope and pray that our visit will yield the most auspicious results and I would like to thank my distinguished brother, President Buhari, for being such a gracious host for me and for my delegation."
Turkish president speaks with Buhari, calls for greater Turkish participation
In a previous report, President Buhari on Friday, May 14, put a phone call across to Erdoğan.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement sighted by Legit.ng that Buhari called for greater Turkish participation in the economy and the humanitarian efforts in the northeast.
He said the two leaders had fruitful discussions and expressed satisfaction with existing bilateral ties between the two countries. Legit.ng gathered the two leaders expressed their desire for peace and stability to reign in the world, and for an end to all ongoing conflicts as well as the coronavirus pandemic.