Nigerian army cites Trump speech before killing dozens of protesters

Army ‘justifies’ killing of Shi’ites with Trump’s ‘consider stones as rifles’ comment

The army yesterday shared a video of President Donald Trump of the US to justify opening fire on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites during a protest in Abuja earlier in the week.

"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.

The tweet on the Nigerian army's Twitter account stated: "Please Watch and Make Your Deductions".

"We're not going to put up with that", Trump said in the clip. "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

In the video, Mr Trump said armed troops should consider equating rock-throwing with shooting from a rifle. "What are they then saying?"

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. Amnesty International says that the protesters were peaceful and that 45 of them were killed, while the Nigerian military maintains that the demonstrators were armed and only six people died.

The Nigerian military's tweet came the same week its service members opened fire on a march of protesters belonging to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), who were demanding the release of their jailed leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria issued a statement Thursday expressing concern about the "deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria". The IMN said that the military killed at least 49 people with their live bullets.

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USA congressman Adam Schiff has blamed, President Donald Trump over the recent killings of Shiite protesters by the Nigerian army in Abuja.

The Nigerian Army, meanwhile, seized on Trump's words.

The police arrested 400 IMN members on Tuesday for engaging in a violent protest and for setting ablaze a police patrol auto parked in front of a shopping mall on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. His recent inflammatory statements, made days before the U.S. 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.

Nigerian Military Spokesman John Agim said the video was tweeted in response to criticism from Amnesty International that the army used "unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police" by shooting at about 1,000 Shia Muslims.

"The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters", said Agim.

"It seems the Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics created to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings".

The Nigerian army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Amnesty's Nigeria Executive Director, Osai Ojigho, on Saturday in a statement said the basic rights of humans are not subject to the whims and caprices of leaders.

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