Count us out of Turkey’s coup – Hizmet • We have ev­i­dence against you - Govt

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Nige­rian based mem­bers of Turkey’s Hizmet Move­ment, an in­for­mal group that pro­motes mod­er­ate Is­lam and de­vel­op­ment of poor coun­tries, have de­nied any in­volve­ment in the botched mil­i­tary coup in Turkey last week.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Abuja yesterday, the pres­i­dent of Ufuk Di­a­logue Foun­da­tion, an arm of the move­ment, Kamil Ke­man­cil, said Hizmet strongly con­demned mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in the county’s democ­racy, de­scrib­ing it as an act of ag­gres­sion and in­jus­tice.

“We have no hand in the failed coup,” he said, not­ing that the blame on the move­ment was very ir­re­spon­si­ble.

“We have al­ways sup­ported the de­vel­op­ment of Turkey’s democ­racy de­spite the in­creas­ing an­tidemo­cratic prac­tices in re­cent years,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the worst ad­min­is­tra­tion is bet­ter than a mil­i­tary coup. He re­it­er­ated that there is no place for mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in democ­racy.

Ke­man­cil quoted the leader of the move­ment, Fethul­lah Gülen, as say­ing: “As some­one who suf­fered un­der mul­ti­ple mil­i­tary coups dur­ing the past five decades, it is es­pe­cially in­sult­ing to be ac­cused of hav­ing any link to such an at­tempt. I cat­e­gor­i­cally deny such ac­cu­sa­tion,” he added.

How­ever, the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment, through its em­bassy in Nige­ria, yesterday said it had “solid proof” that the coup at­tempt was staged by the move­ment.

The Turk­ish Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Hakan Cakil, said at a me­dia brief­ing in Abuja yesterday that the coun­try’s in­tel­li­gence agency had been gath­er­ing ev­i­dence to sup­port the claim.

The re­port, he said, would soon be made pub­lic.

“Our gov­ern­ment has been con­stantly ex­pos­ing the real mo­tives of this ter­ror­ist group and its leader, Fethul­lah Gülen, to all al­lies and part­ners. The foiled coup is the lat­est crim­i­nal act re­veal­ing the dan­gers posed by FETÖ. We call all our part­ners and al­lies to take all pos­si­ble mea­sures to pre­vent the ac­tiv­i­ties of this group in their soil,” he said.

The en­voy also de­nied me­dia re­ports that the botched coup was stage-man­aged by the gov­ern­ment of Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, say­ing main aim was to dis­lodge the gov­ern­ment and the coun­try’s democ­racy.

Cakil also de­bunked claims that Turks who thwarted the coup only did so to pro­tect the coun­try’s democ­racy and not the pres­i­dent.

“It is our duty to pro­tect our pres­i­dent who sym­bol­ises democ­racy. To pro­tect the pres­i­dent means to pro­tect democ­racy. He was elected through demo­cratic process,” he said.

The gov­ern­ment in Ankara yesterday vowed to root out al­lies of the US­based cleric, widen­ing a purge of the army, po­lice and ju­di­ciary to univer­si­ties and schools, the in­tel­li­gence agency and re­li­gious au­thor­i­ties. Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan has also pushed for en­act­ment of the death penalty.

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