In a since deleted tweet, the Nigerian Army shared a video of a recent speech from Donald Trump, in which he touted anti-immigration messages, stating unequivocally that rocks thrown at military personnel at the USA border would be considered firearms. "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", said Trump. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.
The post, which seems to have been deleted, came days after Shia protests in Nigeria turned deadly.
International rights group, Amnesty International, put the deaths at over 40 over the two days of clashes.
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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has released the names of 34 of its members who were allegedly shot dead during clashes with soldiers and police between October 27 and 30 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Members of IMN have been demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in custody for 34 months, the BBC reports. The IMN said that the military killed at least 49 people with their live bullets.
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.
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.
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Zakzaky was arrested in the aftermath of an alleged attempt to kill Nigerian Army Gen. Tukur Buratai in December 2015. His recent inflammatory statements, made days before the United States 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.
"The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters", said Agim.
Nigeria's defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully. 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.
The Nigerian Army, meanwhile, seized on Trump's words.
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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". "Many of these shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions", said Osai Ojigho Director of Amnesty International Nigeria in a statement.