Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, stated on Wednesday that members of FETO, a terrorist organization that sought to overthrow him in a failed coup attempt in 2016, are currently in Nigeria.
At a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, President Erdogan, who is on a four-day official visit to Nigeria, revealed the information.
During his speech, President Erdogan appealed to Nigeria for assistance in combating terrorism, emphasizing that his country has been fighting terrorism for many years.
He said: “Distinguished members of the press, as Turkey, we have been closely monitoring the developments unfolding in Nigeria, our brotherly and friendly nation.
“So, in order to cooperate further in the fields of military, defense, and security, we are doing everything that will be available
“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.
The Turkish President expressed hope that their visit to Nigeria would 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.”