An on-going cabinet meeting in Somalia has resolved to ban all projects in Somalia linked to the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen following the failed coup attempt in Turkey that has been linked to Gulen.
Somalia has given the organizations a seven day ultimatum. The cleric has few programs in Somalia among them an academy for hundreds of Somali students both local and diaspora. Nile Academy and Deva hospital, two of the major organisations targeted by the government are based in Mogadishu and have been providing education and medical services to thousands in the country.
During a speech early today, the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blamed the cleric for the coup
“Now I’m addressing those in Pennsylvania. The betrayal you have shown to this nation and to this community, that’s enough. If you have the courage, come back to your country. If you can. You will not have the means to turn this country into a mess from where you are.” Said the President
Gülen, a cleric living in reclusive exile in Pennsylvania, leads a popular movement called Hizmet. It is a hodge-podge that at times has appeared cultish – spawning thinktanks, businesses, schools and publications across the globe, while building up substantial wealth and influence in the process reports The Guardian.
Gulen has denied being involved in the Friday night coup, condemning the attack in general.
“Events on the ground are moving quickly and it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on them,” the group said in a statement. “We remain concerned about the safety and security of Turkish citizens and those in Turkey right now….For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gülen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy.” Said the US arm of Gülen’s Hizmet movement