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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting Shiites

The Nigerian Army, which has been accused of using excessive deadly force against Muslim protesters, appeared to use a recent comment by President Donald Trump to justify the violence, according to CBS News.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, referenced a video of Trump where he suggested that USA soldiers on the country's southwestern border may open fire if migrants throw rocks at them.

The Nigerian army quickly seized on Trump's comments, posting a video of Trump's speech on Twitter and telling viewers to draw deductions. The video of Trump speaking, Nigerian defense spokesperson John Agim told AFP, "was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist [Shia] protesters".

Human rights activists and many ordinary citizens 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 Shia Islam in the country. "This pattern clearly shows soldiers and police approached IMN processions not to restore public order, but to kill", said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria, using the initials for the Shiite protesters.

Samantha Power, former USA ambassador to the United Nations, called it "sickening". "When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police I say consider it a rifle".

"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", said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty global Nigeria. The human rights group said the protesters were killed by security forces using automatic weapons on Saturday and Monday in Abuja, the capital, and the neighboring state of Nasarawa.




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

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

The Nigerian military has said as many as six soldiers were wounded during the protest after "thousands" of members of the sect overran a police checkpoint and blocked traffic along a highway.

Disputing Amnesty's statement that protesters were unarmed, Brig Agim told the BBC "police found 31 petrol bombs with the protesters as well as guns, knives and stones".

"Rocks are not equal to bullets", he said.

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.


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