President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, has called on parents in Nigeria to withdraw their children from Turkish-run schools across the continent.
Erdogan in an interview with AllAfrica.com said the schools in Nigeria and Africa at large are run by terrorists that use education as a façade to hide their real intent.
According to him, the schools are linked to United States based Cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Mr Erdogan turn arch-rival. Gulen was accused of being the mastermind of the July 2016 attempted coup that left 250 people dead.
Erdogan said “Without any further ado, I will like to mention something. Whether your nephews, nieces and your children, do not send them to either one of these network schools.
“Education is just a disguise for the terrorists working for these organisations, even religion is a disguise for the Fethullahists. In the Quran, Allah condemned those who are using prayers as disguised as they will never be conscientious to the practice of prayer that is why we would remain alert. We would never be manipulated. The coup plotters are the Fethullahists.
“They have all been identified and some of them have been sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment. These Fethullahists came to kill me and my family members but Allah protected us and in a matter of minutes we were saved from their bombs, their attacks but two of my security guarded were killed… there are 29 martyrs around the presidential complex which was attacked that night as well.
“We are warning all our brothers in Africa not to be deceived because the Fethullahists have great sums of money out of their actions. In 1999, the Chief terrorist, fled to the United States to live in Pennsylvania. We have demanded his extradition immediately.
“The Turkish government has established an education foundation to take control of the schools linked with Mr. Gulen. Many African countries, including Nigeria, have, however, turned down Mr. Erdogan’s requests to either take control or close schools linked to Mr Gulen.
“Soon after the attempted coup, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, called on the Nigerian government to close 17 Turkish schools. His request was however turned down by the government.”
Mr. Erdogan further threatened the United States if it refuses to extradite Mr. Gulen to face terrorism charges in Turkey.
“We have amassed 85 boxes filled with evidence proving that he was the major perpetrator of the coup but he has not been extradited yet.
“But tomorrow if the United States asked for the extradition of a terrorist I will say no to them because this man is the killer of 252 martyrs, 292 veterans; still residing in the United States.”