Abuja-based Turks back Er­do­gan over coup

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Mem­bers of the Turk­ish com­mu­nity in Abuja yes­ter­day gath­ered at the coun­try’s em­bassy in Abuja to con­demn week­end’s at­tempted mil­i­tary coup in the coun­try and de­clare sup­port for the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyp Er­do­gan.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Turk­ish com­mu­nity, many who car­ried plac­ards that read: “Democ­racy won, Er­do­gan Won, Turkey won”, “Sai Baba Buhari, Sai Er­do­gan”, their spokesman, Huseyin Oz­tunc, con­demned the coup, de­scrib­ing it as an abuse of the coun­try’s democ­racy.

“The Er­do­gan gov­ern­ment came through an elec­tion and will go through elec­tion,” he said.

He said they were at the em­bassy to show their un­flinch­ing sup­port for the Er­do­gan gov­ern­ment. A sec­tion of the Turk­ish army had de­clared a coup and mar­tial law late Fri­day, say­ing they had taken con­trol of the coun­try. But thou­sands of peo­ple heeded a call by Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan and took to the streets to op­pose them, and shortly af­ter, Er­do­gan bounced back. Huseyin Oz­tunc said the Turk­ish peo­ple stood firmly be­hind Er­do­gan and would re­sist any at­tempt to over­throw his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“To­day, Turk­ish peo­ple in Nige­ria are here to show sup­port for our gov­ern­ment, coun­try and democ­racy. We are solidly be­hind Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan and will foil any at­tempt to de­throne him. Turkey is a demo­cratic coun­try and democ­racy will sure stand,” he said.

While com­mend­ing the zeal of the mil­lions of Turks who took to the streets to de­fend the coun­try’s democ­racy, he urged other coun­tries to em­u­late them in the event of any at­tempt to over­throw their gov­ern­ments. He also joined Er­do­gan to blame the coup at­tempt on an ex­iled cleric, Fethul­lah Gülen, al­leg­ing that he was work­ing for some for­eign in­tel­li­gent ser­vices. But Gülen re­jected the con­spir­acy ac­cu­sa­tions and also con­demned the coup at­tempt, say­ing, “Now that Turkey is on the path to democ­racy, it can­not turn back.”

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