Mr. Hakan Ã‡akil, The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, on the sideline of a dinner reception to mark the 93rd anniversary of the founding of Turkey in Abuja during the weekend has said that Nigerian students in Turkey are under the protection of the Turkish government.
During this event, the ambassador discredited any reports about Nigerian students being arrested and detained in Turkey in connection to the failed coup attempt
â€œThere were reports that about 50 Nigerians were arrested in Turkey. No Nigerian student is arrested or detained in Turkey.
â€œAll the rights of the Nigerian students who are studying in Turkey are under the protection of the government.
â€œUnfortunately, this was in the media that about 50 Nigerian students were detained or under arrest; these numbers do not reflect the real situation.
â€œIt was a discussion of a non-existent issue.â€
He pointed out that ties between both countries remained strong and added that both parties sought other areas in which they could strengthen bilateral ties.
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, also told journalists that the reported arrest of 50 Nigerian students was an exaggerated issue. She revealed that â€œThe Turkish Ambassador who met with our permanent secretary made it clear that 50 Nigerian students were not detained.
â€œTwo Nigerian students were detained for 11 hours but they were released as soon as the ministry got involved.
â€œFour Nigerians that they claimed were involved in the coup were released as soon as Nigeria stepped in.
â€œSo there is no problem between Nigeria and Turkey, we continue to maintain strong diplomatic relations and we will also continue to ensure that issues are resolved diplomatically and not through sensations.â€™â€™
Going further, she advised Nigerian students abroad to always abide by the laws of whatever country they were in.
Â â€œPerhaps you do not need to go abroad because what you are looking for is also here in Nigeria and maybe even better.
â€œSo we encourage them that under this administration the president is doing everything to make Nigeria truly a great place.
â€œThere are some private universities here that are even better than where they are going to.
â€œSometimes it is not necessary to go through all the stress our students have to go through but we just continue to educate them and raise awareness about all these issues,â€ she said.