Monday, 3 October 2016

NANS Set To SHUT DOWN Turkish Embassy over detained students

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of its members who were detained at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

It will be recalled that over 50 Nigerian students schooling at Fathi University  were reportedly detained on Friday in Istanbul on the orders of the Turkish Government over July 15 failed coup in Turkey.

The association in a statement on Monday noted that the Nigerian students home and abroad condemn in totality the action of the Turkish government. ”We consider their arrest as a deliberate attempt to ridicule our country’s hard earned image.”

The statement: ”’We commend the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government on the ongoing efforts towards ensuring the safety and well-being of the students whose school, Fathi University, was among the 2,099 schools shut down by the Turkish government for links with Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of the failed July 15, 2016, coup in the country.

”NANS, therefore call on the Turkish government to honour this non-negotiable demand, as failure to adhere to this, Nigerian students led by the president, Comr. Aruna Kadiri is set to shut down the Turkish embassy on or before Friday, October 7th, 2016.

”It is instructive to state that the new leadership of NANS will continue to collaborate with government and individuals in achieving some of her objectives, but never at the expense of Nigerian students. The rights of every Nigerian student is non-negotiable,” the statement added.

The association, however, called on the Nigerian students to be on alert ”for failure to release our arrested members on the stipulated date we shall all storm Abuja in protest. An injury to one is an injury to all. Be your brother’s keeper,” it noted.

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