Burundi's ambassador to Turkey said that a foundation shepherding schools previously run by a terrorist group into its hands will soon open an office in the East African nation.
"In near future the Maarif Foundation will open its representation in Burundi. We will have a good opportunity to know the exact number of schools," Joel Nkurabagaya, Burundi's ambassador to Turkey said.
In an exclusive interview, Nkurabagaya said they are continuing their work on transferring former FETO schools to the foundation and that in May a special Turkish presidential envoy visited Burundi’s president to discuss the issue.
Burundi had previously cancelled the licenses of all FETO institutions in Burundi and decided to transfer them to the Maarif Foundation.
The foundation was established after the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETO. It also establishes schools and education centers abroad.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, including the military, police judiciary, and schools.
FETO also has a considerable presence outside Turkey, including private educational institutions that serve as a revenue stream for the terrorist group.