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Nigeria’s army cites Trump to justify shooting Shia protesters

The Nigerian army has cited a video of US President Donald Trump, in which he says soldiers should respond with force to migrants throwing stones, to justify opening fire on a Shia group this week.

“When they throw rocks… consider it as a rifle,” Mr Trump says in the clip.

Nigerian police have arrested 400 members of a Shia Muslim sect after days of deadly protests in the capital.

Amnesty International has criticised Nigeria’s army for the killings, saying the Shia protesters were peaceful.

But a spokesman for the Nigerian army says their decision to fire live rounds at protesters in Abuja was justified because they were armed, telling the BBC “this is what [Mr] Trump was talking about”.

The army’s official Twitter account shared the video adding the caption “please watch and make your deductions”.

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

Nigeria Army spokesman Brig Gen John Agim says the army posted the video in reaction to the rights group’s report accusing the army of using weapons against Shia protesters.

The army did not mention the fact that the US embassy in Abuja has urged Nigerian authorities to “take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law”.

 

 

– BBC

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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