THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Turkish government has dissociated itself from Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as well as the Turkish citizen, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who publicly expressed his support for Biafra and encouraged the agitation for Biafra by IPOB members in South-East Nigeria.
Report says Erkahraman visited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in his hometown in Abia in July.
Erkahraman was said to have urged ‘Biafrans’ to ‘rise up and fight a good fight for freedom’.
The Turkish Embassy in Abuja, in a press release on its website on Saturday, September 16, 2017, separated the Turkish government from Erkahraman.
The press release stated that:
‘The 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.’