Nigerian Army Posts Trump Video to Justify Shooting Shiites

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In an immigration speech Thursday, President Trump said that if any migrants throw rocks at the USA military, they'll be met with deadly force, because there's "not much of a difference" between a rock and an assault rifle.

Trump said in a speech on Thursday that rocks thrown by migrants on the US-Mexico border should be considered as firearms.

The army's official Twitter account shared the video adding the caption "please watch and make your deductions".

"We're not going to put up with that", Mr. Trump said in the clip.

One day later, Trump said he didn't mean the troops would shoot the rock-throwers. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle. Days later, the Nigerian Army tweeted Trump's comments about firing at migrants to justify its own shooting of protesters days earlier.

"We urge Government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law", the embassy said.

Soldiers had on Monday fired on a march of about 1,000 Islamic Shiite activists who had blocked traffic on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja.

Violence in Nigeria stems from the detainment of Islamic Movement of Nigeria leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.

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In Nigeria, Trump is a popular figure among many people who praise what they regard as his straightforwardness and frank talk despite his reported insult to the nation past year when he said Nigerians in the United States would never "go back to their huts" in Africa.

The IMN leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown allegedly killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

About 400 members of the IMN have been arrested by Nigerian police since the protests began on Saturday.

In a statement responding to Trump's remarks, Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: "We reject these vicious policies".

"In Abuja, Nigerian Army killed 46 of our members, injured 110 others but they are denying that only three persons were killed". "We're going to arrest those people", he told reporters.

The country's defense spokesperson John Agim told AFP that the message was sent out in response to Amnesty International's report which lambasted the army's use of firepower against Shia protestors.

"It seems the Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics created to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings. I believe you know that he uses stone", Agim said.

"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 global law", an Amnesty statement read.