Hundreds of Kenyans, including officials and ambassadors, gathered in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday to celebrate and honor those who lost their lives in the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.
The guests of the Turkish Democracy and National Unity Day included Turkish graduates, members of parliament, senators, governors and their deputies.
Dr. Abdi Issa, a Turkish graduate and deputy governor of Isiolo County, Kenya, attended the event. Issa found out about the attack by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) in Turkey during an extensive operation and was so shocked that he had to be replaced by another doctor. “I was working in an emergency at a very busy London hospital and almost at midnight I heard people talking about something that was going on in my country, Turkey,” said Issa.
“They knew I was in London but trained in Turkey. I stopped and started investigating and I realized that something very serious was calling into question the democracy of the very powerful nation of Turkey through a terrorist organization,” he said .
Issa went to a mosque and started praying for the people of Turkey.
“Within two hours, the people of Turkey came out in droves and numbers and stopped this coup against a democratically elected country,” he said.
Issa said he understands the pain of the Turks, who vigorously defended their nation, because terrorists plaguing the Horn of Africa region in Kenya are carrying out attacks and killing innocent people, including children.
Failed coup, lesson on democracy
Issa said he would defend his country with his bare hands if terrorists storm parliament and take control of the national television network. He said after seeing what happened in Turkey he would fight to protect his country from terrorists armed in tanks and to the teeth.
“Kenya was the first African country to condemn the coup in Turkey, as a Kenyan and someone who loves their country … if the army bombed our parliament – we will not accept terrorist activities – the people would wake up . ” and they would fight with their bare hands to stop any attack on the institution of democracy in our country, “he said.
Issa said the world learned a very important lesson in democracy during the failed coup, noting that “the power chosen by the people can never be taken over by a few elements with terrorist tendencies. Democracy is a tradition that all countries aspire to. It is a power of the people by the people, this is a lesson for us and the world at large, that July 15th should never happen again in world history. “
Closure of FETÖ schools
Issa called for schools and institutions in Kenya and Africa that are supported by the FETÖ to be investigated and abolished.
“I think organizations should be researched and their curriculum revised to make sure they are not negatively affecting innocent youngsters. We are always against it, we want people to go to real schools and learn about democracy.” , he said .
The Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Ahmet Cemil Miroğlu thanked Kenya for standing with Turkey during the attempted coup. Miroğlu said terrorist groups like FETÖ were hidden across Africa, disguised as schools and charities, and he thanked African governments for investigating and closing these facilities.
“The organization, which has lost its backbone in Turkey, is trying to survive by using its structures abroad, and so the fight against the structures of the FETÖ abroad has become more important,” he said.
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Nairobi coordinator Eyüp Yavuz Ümütlü, who attended the event, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that people who heard the lecture found it very informative and said it had “Their eyes open”.
The Kenyan director of Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, Adem Koç, said it had 359 educational institutions in 44 countries – 19 in Africa – with a total of 41,000 students.
“In many countries, hundreds of schools that are officially affiliated with the FETÖ have been taken over by the government and handed over to the Maarif Foundation,” he said. “In Africa in particular, these transfers have eliminated the lobbying work of the terrorist group FETÖ, which uses their schools as a cover for their dangerous motives,” he said.
FETÖ and its US-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the failed coup on July 15, 2016, in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.
Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-term campaign to overthrow the state by infiltrating Turkish institutions, especially the military, the police and the judiciary.