Published on Oct 19, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the courage displayed by the people of Turkey by defending democracy against the failed military coup of the July 15, 2016.
The Nigerian leader, who spoke today, Thursday when he met with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismail Kahraman, also commended the international media for the mature way it covered the unfortunate incident of July 15.
“The international media helped the world in trying to understand what really happened (on July 15) and what the government is doing.”
President reiterated Nigeria’s solidarity with Turkey after the failed attempt to oust a democratically-elected government, adding that Turkey’s assumption of the Chairmanship of the D-8 from tomorrow, October 20, will afford both countries the opportunity to work together on economic, security and political issues.
He told Turkey’s parliamentary leader, before flying to Istanbul for the ninth D-summit on Friday, that following the fruitful talks with President Recep Erdogan earlier today, Thursday, both countries are optimistic of improved cooperation in strategic areas as soon as talks are finalised between their officials.
After the meeting with Kahraman, President Buhari visited a part of Turkey’s Parliament building damaged by a bomb during last year’s coup attempt, and laid a wreath at the site of one of the damaged areas.
The President then made an unscheduled appearance at the Turkish Parliament in session and his presence drew a loud applause when the Presiding Officer acknowledged him.
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