Nigerian Army posts Trump video to justify shooting of Shiite protesters

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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.

John Agim, a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, told The Times the video was in response to Amnesty International, which had accused the army of using excessive force. "When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle". What did David use to kill Goliath?

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had "strong evidence" that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an "unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police".

IMN members had clashed with soldiers in some parts of Abuja. The army is claiming it killed only six, and that they were armed.

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.

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 past year when he said Nigerians in the United States would never "go back to their huts" in Africa.

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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.

The US embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was "concerned" and called for an investigation. So a stone is a weapon.

"Our soldiers sustained injuries", he continued. "The Shiites even burnt one of our vehicles, so what are Amnesty International saying?" the spokesman concluded.

The US is a close partner of Nigeria's government, but has historically been cautious when it comes to security collaboration between the countries, given the Nigerian military's long history of abuse and the absence of meaningful accountability.

'Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed. His recent inflammatory statements, made days before the USA midterm elections, have clearly been seized upon by some in the Nigerian military as an abusive new standard to which they would like to adhere.

"Rocks are not equal to bullets", he said. It was an undisguised attempt to use the rhetoric as justification for soldiers' widely-condemned use of lethal force.

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