Government urged to help Nigerians detained in Turkey

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Nigerian House of Representatives has urged government to take urgent steps to end the humiliation of Nigerian students and citizens in various countries of the World.

In a motion presented before the House on the illegal arrest and detention of fifty Nigerian Students by the Turkish authorities in Istanbul, members expressed worry over the illegal act.

Mr. Bulus Maren, member from Plateau State who sponsored the motion said out of the one hundred and two countries that have students in the affected university, only Nigerian students are being treated that way.

The House urged the Federal Government to explore all diplomatic means of rescuing the student arrested by the Turkish Government and resolve the issue.

The Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Nnenna Elendu- Ukeje while speaking on the matter said Nigeria will not normally interfere in the internal workings of any country especially when it is in a situation that seems to threaten their democracy.

“As a country we also owe a responsibility to our citizens to know exactly where they are or how their doing in their host country. But we would draw the line when it comes to that number of our citizens who have been arrested in a foreign country and especially charged with treason. It is pretty heavy, and any responsible country and parliament would want to find out exactly what the true status is, and that’s what we intend to do, moving forward.”

Authorities in Istanbul have clamped and shot down over two thousands schools linked to Islamic Scholar, Fetullah Gulen accused of being the mastermind of July 15th failed coup in Turkey.