February 16, 2019

Nigerian army deletes tweet that quoted Trump on protesters

04 November 2018, 11:43 | Devin Moran

Nigerian Army Please Watch and Make your Deductions

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Please Watch and Make your Deductions

Human rights activists and many Nigerians 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 Shiite Islam in the country.

In a since-deleted Twitter post, the Nigerian Army posted a video clip of Trump saying the military should treat migrant caravan members as if they have rifles if they throw rocks at troops.

The Nigerian army quickly seized on Trump's comments, posting a video of Trump's speech on Twitter and telling viewers to draw deductions. "When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police I say consider it a rifle".

When a reporter asked him about this, the president said the USA military should "consider it a rifle".

The Nigerian army cited a video of Donald Trump to justify opening fire on a to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters this week.

The number of Shia Muslim protesters killed by Nigeria's army in the capital, Abuja, in clashes which began at the weekend, has not been independently verified.

"We call on both sides to exercise restraint, and we urge the Government of Nigeria to conduct a thorough investigation & hold accountable those responsible for violating Nigerian law".

Brigadier General Agim said if David could kill Goliath with a stone, stones should be considered as weapons.

Amnesty International lambasted the Nigerian military's "horrific use of excessive force" and said researchers have "strong evidence" that security forces wielded automatic firearms during Monday's protest. "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", the president said.

Nigeria Army spokesman John Agim said to the New York Times. An Amnesty International report published Wednesday said 45 peaceful supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were killed by the Nigerian military and police.

Days before Trump made those comments, the Nigerian military opened fire on a group of Shi'a protesters in two separate incidents.

"Video footage and eyewitness testimonies consistently show that the Nigerian military dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition without warning, in clear violation of Nigerian and global law", said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty worldwide Nigeria.

The incident has garnered a fury of responses towards both the Nigerian military and Trump from Nigerians and worldwide observers alike.

Nigeria's defense spokesperson, Brig. People will kill other people in Africa, as it has been for thousands of years.

Earlier this week, Amnesty International reported that Nigerian soldiers killed more than 40 protesters in the Islamic Movement of Nigeria while they were peacefully demonstrating against the imprisonment of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky.

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