Nigerian lawmakers demand apology from Turkey over students crackdown


The House of Representatives on Tuesday said Turkish authorities should apologise for their ongoing crackdown on Nigerians in tertiary institutions there.

The lawmakers said Nigeria has had enough of Turkey’s victimisation of her citizens and warned that the Middle East country risks indiscriminate arrest of her citizens in Nigeria as a retaliation for the “unjustifiable assault” on Nigerians.

Solomon Maren, a lawmaker from Plateau State, raised the motion under matter of urgent national importance shortly after the House resumed plenary on Tuesday.

Nigerian students in colleges across Turkey have cried out in recent months that they were being unfairly targeted by the police and other security agencies in Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities in that country.

The aggression followed the ill-fated coup d’etat in the country on July 15, 2016.

Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip-Erdogan, blamed the coup on anti-Turkey elements in foreign countries and responded by demanding the immediate closure of all Turkish colleges in Nigeria and other countries.

The Nigerian government rejected the call and said it would pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Turkish schools in Nigeria also denied links to the coup.

Within the last one week, no fewer than 50 Nigerians have been arrested in Turkey and summarily deported.

The students alleged breach of their fundamental rights and urged a response and thorough investigation into their ordeal.

Contributing to the motion, Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos, said Nigeria should openly reprimand Turkey for its actions and demand formal apology.

In his contribution, a lawmaker from Kaduna State, Adams Jagaba, said the House should weigh in on the crisis with caution.

Mr. Jagaba suggested that it would be counterproductive for the lawmakers to preempt the actions of the executive which has the traditional duty of diplomatic relations with foreign nations.

The speaker, Yakubu Dogara, ruled that the matter should be forwarded to committees on tertiary education, foreign affairs, interior and diaspora in support of the majority.


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  • Otile

    If it were not for Islamic studies why would Nigerian students attend Turkish universities? Nigerian people in general have suffered indignity at the hands of Moslems at home and abroad.

    • Arabakpura

      You know Turkey encompasses two nations: Europe and Middle East; it is a very important country with diverse cultures but that’s not the reason why they should mistreat innocent Nigerians!

      • Otile

        Are they not Mohammedans mistreating our people there? Are they not Mohammedans who beheaded Igbo people in the North when a Dutch man drew an image of Nabi Mohammed?

        • Arabakpura

          Some of them actually; maybe majority of them are!

        • Inyonyo

          People of your character have always thought in the opposite. Most of you are not been progressive, always thinking negatively. Learn to be positive!

          • Otile

            I cannot be positive about Moslems maltreating us, it is inhumane.

  • Rommel

    Our politicians should continue stealing public funds while the rest of the world are taking care of their own,this imbecility of Nigerian political class and their their surrogates will backfire in a most tragic way someday,it is common knowledge that our people are today treated like POS in places like India yet people line up to go die over there in the name of receiving treatment outside of Nigeria,when will we being to think like normal human beings?

  • Comfortkay

    Nigerian Politician cannot be taken serious anywhere in the world, Nigeria is doing very badly economically and our law makers cannot make sacrifice and cut down their salaries and allowances now they are talking big as if they Love this country. Nigeria are enemy of his own, and how can this heartless politician be talking they should bury their heads in Shame. When Nigeria is good nobody will goes to another country.

    • Hank

      They think that wearing big agbada will give them respect on international stage…low IQ fools. Education is more than collecting degrees… you must apply what you know and the only thing they know is stealing.