Turkey seeks Nigeria’s support against US-based cleric – President Erdogan

Buhari & Erdogan in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had during the official visit by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari requested Nigeria’s support against a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating last year’s failed coup d’état. Gulen continues to deny involvement in the coup.

Erdogan pledged cooperation with Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast region. Speaking at a joint news conference on Thursday with Buhari, Erdogan reiterated Turkish assertions that schools run by Gulen’s movement in Africa were being used to raise “militants.”

Buhari & Erdogan in Ankara 2

Photo: above L-R: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari & Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey during Buhari’s visit to Turkey | photo: top L-R: Erdogan & Buhari inspect a military guard of honor in Ankara.

Buhari was in the Turkish capital for a meeting of “Developing-8″ countries, which also includes Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Erdogan also said at the joint press conference that Turkish Customs authorities were engaged in talks with the Nigerian Customs Service over how hundreds of rifles were shipped to Nigeria from Turkey.

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