Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

In an immigration speech Thursday, President Trump said that if any migrants throw rocks at the US military, they'll be met with deadly force, because there's "not much of a difference" between a rock and an assault rifle.

"Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico - we will consider that a firearm", he said.

On Friday, the official Twitter account of the Nigerian Army tweeted out a video of Trump's remarks from Thursday along with the caption, "Please Watch and Make your Deductions". We are not going to put up with that. He also said the USA military is trained to fight back against anyone in the migrant caravan who throw rocks at soldiers.

Videos showed protestors throwing rocks at soldiers as they ran from flying bullets. 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 security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle".

On Monday, Nigerian soldiers shot at Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) supporters when they were marching the streets of Abuja, the country's capital as part of days of protest during which 400 Shia Muslims have been arrested. IMN represents many members of Nigeria's Shiite minority and opposes the use of violence.

In Nigeria, Trump is a popular figure among many people who praise what they regard as his straightforwardness and frank talk despite his reported insult to the nation a year ago when he said Nigerians in the United States would never "go back to their huts" in Africa.

"Any Shia in Nigeria is under threat and can be gunned down any day, any time, any minute", IMN youth leader Muhammed Ibrahim Gamawa told Reuters. "But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time".

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

Speaking to the BBC, Nigeria Army spokesman Brigadier General John Agim said they posted the video in response to Amnesty International's criticism of the army's deadly attacks on Shia protesters. The army is claiming it killed only six, and that they were armed.

"What did the biblical David use to kill Goliath?"

The Army has previously tweeted photos of wounded soldiers who suffered from rock pelting religious protesters seeking the release of their detained leader. "So, a stone is a weapon", he said.

In response to the Nigerian Army's since-deleted tweet, Osai Ojigho of Amnesty International Nigeria said the West African nation's government "must hold its security forces accountable" rather than engage in "preposterous competition over who does a better job of violating human rights".

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