Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with President Muhammadu Buhari during a joint press conference at the State House

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) that attempted to overthrow him on July 15, 2016 through a failed coup are currently hiding in Nigeria.

Erdogan who is on a two-day visit to Nigeria stated this on Wednesday during a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Erdogan who spoke through and interpreter said, “Turkey has been fighting against terrorist organisations for many decades, such as the PKK, PYD, FETO, DASH and other terrorist organisations.

“The perpetrator of the heinous failed coup of July the 15th, FETO, is still illegally active in Nigeria, and we are continuously sharing our intelligence with the Nigerian interlocutors and authorities.

“I hope and pray that our Nigerian brothers will forge a closer solidarity in this field with us, the Republic of Turkey.”

He equally sought the collaboration of the Nigerian government to overcome extremism and terrorism that has become a global phenomenon.

Erdogan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday night and was welcomed by the Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffery Onyeama; FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, the Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Ismail Yusuf Abba, and the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.