Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

Nigerian Army 
Please Watch and Make your Deductions

Nigerian Army Please Watch and Make your Deductions

The Nigerian army is facing huge backlash for using a video of Donald Trump to justify its killing of several Shia protestors in Abuja earlier this week.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, referenced a video of Trump where he suggested that USA soldiers on the country's southwestern border may open fire if migrants throw rocks at them. He added: "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back".

The Nigerian Army shared the video on its official Twitter handle on Friday morning and called on Nigerians to "make deductions".

The Nigerian army posted - then later deleted - a video on Twitter of President Donald Trump bashing the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico.

Human rights activists and many ordinary citizens were outraged at the military's response, which echoed a similar confrontation in 2015, when soldiers killed almost 350 protesters from the same group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the largest and most recognizable face of Shia Islam in the country.

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian army of fatally shooting some 45 peaceful Shiite Muslim protesters in demonstrations that began last weekend. Six people died after protests on Saturday, Amnesty International said, while 39 were killed on Monday.

In a November 1 speech on immigration, when asked by a reporter if active duty soldiers being sent to the US border with Mexico would fire on migrants seeking asylum, Trump said he hoped not.

Trump, however, has made clear his intention to strengthen the US-Nigerian partnership, despite minimal efforts by Nigeria at genuine reform. "We're not going to put with that", the president said in the video. So a stone is a weapon. He once again defended the military's actions, stating "We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us.at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle".

"We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International?" he said.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

"Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed", said Agim.

According to the Times, videos posted to social media did show some protesters throwing rocks before being shot in the back as they ran away.

Because they are throwing rocks viciously and violently, you saw that three days ago, really hurting the military.

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