Turkey has denied supporting the secessionist agitations in Nigeria, even as it disowned one of its citizens, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who has expressed support for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In July this year, Mr. Erkahraman, who identified himself as the President of the International Nations Commercial Association in Turkey, had visited Kanu in his home town in Isiama Afara, Umuahia, Abia State.
Three months before then, he had published a video in which he hailed IPOB and made reference to an exhibition which Biafra agitators organised in Spain back in 2015.
Erkahraman, who said the programme “drew daggers of faith into the heart of the Nigerian officials”, has continued to publish videos on Facebook showing support for the split of Nigeria.
In response to the development, the Embassy of Turkey in Nigeria issued a release on its website.
In the statement issued on Saturday, the embassy said, “Erkahraman is not a Turkish diplomat or an official representative of the Turkish government.”
“Embassy of the Republic of Turkey wishes to inform the Nigerian public about the following:
“Abdülkadir Erkahraman, a Turkish citizen, has been sharing videos for some time against the Nigerian Government and presents himself as a Turkish diplomat.
“Mr. Abdülkadir Erkahraman is neither a diplomat nor a civil servant or an official representative of the Government of Turkey.
“The Government of Turkey is committed to the territorial integrity and political unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Furthermore, Turkey never supports secessionist activities against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”