BEVERLY HILLS, JULY 29, (THEWILL) – The Managing Director of Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC), Orhan Kertim, has called on the Federal Government to disregard the request by Turkey’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil, to close down the schools over the recent coup attempt in Turkey.
Kertim made the call in a statement in Abuja on Friday in reaction to Cakil’s allegations that the 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria were linked to the Fethullah Gulen movement, which allegedly plotted the botched July 15 coup in Turkey.
He also alleged that the owners of the schools used proceeds from their investment in Nigeria for criminal activities.
“The NTIC is not a Turkish government- run institution, but a privately funded institution by a group of Turkish investors,” he stated.
“As a responsible organisation operating in Nigeria since 1998, we are conversant with the laws of the land and we have to the best of our ability abided by these stipulations.
“The call therefore by the Turkish Ambassador is not only baseless, but it is also unfounded and of poor taste.
“Nigeria is a sovereign country and call by the Turkish Ambassador is not only an affront on the sovereignty of the Nigerian nation, but a display of crass ignorance.
“The NTIC schools in Nigeria are Turkish in name, but Nigerian in deeds. We are partners in progress as evident in all our activities since 1998.”
Story by David Oputah.