Groups seek probe of Turkish schools over indoctrination allegation
• Allegation baseless, reckless, says NTIC
A coalition of human rights organisations have demanded a probe of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges, formerly known as Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) over alleged indoctrination of Nigerian children into the dreaded Muslim sect.
The groups, comprising Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) and the Centre for Global Peace Initiative (CGPI) accused the school owners of having a relationship with American based spiritual leader of Hizmet Movement, Fetullah Gulen, saying this portends great danger to the nation’s security system as well as the future of the children concerned.
But the schools, in a swift reaction denied the allegation describing it as a ploy by the Turkish government to confiscate legitimate investments of its citizens believed to be working against its policies.
The National Coordinator of HURMA, Isiak Buna, at a media briefing specifically called on the Federal Government to investigate the claim reminding that with the country’s present security situation, no allegation should be discarded without a thorough investigation.
He said; “The Federal Government should immediately set up an independent investigation panel to probe the activities of the Hizmet Movement including its schools and other outfits to reveal the manner of its conduct and collaboration with previous administrations in Nigeria for the past 16 years.
“Security agencies should also carry out checks on those who have passed through the crucible of Hizmet indoctrination to ensure that they are not used as spy tools for criminal activities in future.”
But speaking on behalf of the NTIC schools, the Media Adviser, Mr. Joshua Ocheja, said the schools in their almost two decades of operations have developed a good working relationship with all the regulatory agencies within the country’s education sector.