General News of Thu, 8 Feb 201810
Turkey terror warning ‘not worth serious consideration’ – Dr Aning downplays
Security expert, Dr Kwesi Aning, says a warning by the Turkish parliament about the operation of Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO)-linked schools in Ghana should be ignored.
The Turkish parliament's Deputy Speaker said Wednesday that FETO-linked schools were not only a threat to the security of Turkey, but also for other countries where the terror group is active.
In a meeting with the head of the Ghana-Turkey Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Sualihu Alhassan Dandawa, the Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Yasar Tuzun said the “schools were employing the terrorist organizations' members and are serving the traitorous aim of FETO under the mask of education.”
However, Mr Aning, who heads the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), told Accra-based Class FM on Wednesday that “this is not worth any serious consideration.”
He explains: “I, as an analyst and knowing the nature of Turkish politics and the matter in which Fetullah has been turned into a monster and a devil to suit parochial domestic interests, we should dismiss this and just carry on with serious business of securing our country and getting the economy to move.”
The warning by the Turkish MP, according to Mr Aning, also amounts to “a mark of gross disrespect” Ghana's security apparatus.
“Is this man trying to tell us that the whole national security apparatus is so damn ignorant that he has to come from Ankara to tell us?
“I mean is that what we want to tell our own agents? It is nice for partnerships to develop but partnerships that seek to undermine your credibility, your identity, authority and knowledge, I think we should handle that partnership with a 50-foot pole,” he said.
FETO and its U.S-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in Turkey which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.