Nigerian Army Cites Trump In Its Defense Of Killing Protesters

AFP | Nigeria's army put the death toll at six but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members had been killed

AFP | Nigeria's army put the death toll at six but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members had been killed

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.

The army had earlier on Friday posted a video clip of Trump's directive to his country's military where he said they should consider stones thrown at them by asylum-seeking migrants as rifles.

The Nigerian army tweet said: "Please watch and make your deductions". He also said the U.S. military is trained to fight back against anyone in the migrant caravan who throw rocks at soldiers.

"I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle". When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.

In the wake of the deadly violence earlier this week, the USA embassy in Abuja urged the Nigerian government to "conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".

Amnesty International estimates that 45 peaceful demonstrators were killed during that melee, while the Nigerian army insists that only six armed protesters were killed.

"They (the Shiites) fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle canisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic", the army had said. IMN represents many members of Nigeria's Shiite minority and opposes the use of violence.

About 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police had been reportedly charged with "rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt" on Friday, November 2.

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But his words were also heard much farther away from Washington: in Nigeria, where Trump has a higher approval rating than anywhere else in Africa.

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.

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Zakzaky was arrested in the aftermath of an alleged attempt to kill Nigerian Army Gen. Tukur Buratai in December 2015.

Soldiers had arrived to assist police, a news release said, and were met with protesters who threw canisters of fuel, "large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items".

Despite its history of massacring innocent civilians in the war with Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, detaining innocent citizens and raping women and girls fleeing war-torn communities, the Nigerian military has been the recipient of warplane sales and other gear from the United States.

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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