30 July 2016
The Managing Director of Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC), Orhan Kertim, said Nigeria should disregard the request by Turkey’s ambassador, Mr Hakan Cakil, to close 17 Turkish schools in the country.
He said in a statement that the call was misleading and that he would not have dignified it with a response, but that it had become necessary to respond.
Kertim said the schools had been operating in Nigeria since 1998 and as law-abiding schools they owed Nigerians a duty to expose the ulterior motives of the ambassador.
“The NTIC is not a Turkish government-run institution, but a privately funded institution by a group of Turkish investors.
“As a responsible organisation operating in Nigeria since 1998, we are conversant with the laws of the land,’’ he stressed.
Kertim added that the call by Cakil “is not only baseless, but also unfounded and of poor taste’’.
The government of Turkey through Cakil had on Thursday alerted the Nigerian government on the existence of the schools “owned by suspected terrorists’’ and asked that they be shut just as it did in Turkey.
Kertim urged the public to ignore and disregard the statement by the ambassador.
“ Our schools are fully functional and will continue to be,’’ he stressed.