Nigerian Army embraces Trump's words to justify killing protesters

Leroy Wright
November 4, 2018

The army open fired on a group of 1000 Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) protestors who had blocked traffic in Nigeria's capital on Monday to demand the release of their leader Ibraheem Zakzak who has been imprisoned since 2015.

The clip shows the USA president saying, in reference to Central American migrants, "they want to throw rocks at our military, [then] our military fights back".

Trump added: "We're not going to put up with that". 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. "We're going to consider - and I told them, consider it a rifle".

The post, which seems to have been deleted, came days after Shia protests in Nigeria turned deadly.

The United States Embassy in Nigeria expressed concern over deaths resulting from the clashes between the Nigerian security forces and IMN, issuing a statement urging Nigeria's government authorities to "conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".

"Please Watch and Make your Deductions", read the tweet, which included a video clip in which Trump says: "Anybody throwing stones, rocks. we will consider that a firearm because there is not much difference".

The Nigerian Army has used President Donald Trump's own words about the use of force against migrants throwing stones to justify shooting at Shia Muslim protesters. What did David use to kill Goliath?

"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", the president said to reporters earlier in the week, referring to the caravan of aggressive invaders making their way to the United States.

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Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian army of fatally shooting some 45 peaceful Shiite Muslim protesters in demonstrations that began last weekend. At least six people were killed Saturday, Amnesty said.

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

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government and its American counterpart to stop the competition about who violates citizens' right more than the other.

Nigeria's government said its soldiers were acting in self-defense, according to The Guardian.

"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 worldwide law", an Amnesty statement read.

"We have seen a shocking and unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police against IMN members".

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

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