The Nigerian army on Friday posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a group of protesting Shiites this week.
“Please watch and make your deductions,” said the army in a post on its official Twitter account.
In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.
Please Watch and Make your Deductions. pic.twitter.com/05yVwULFoh
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) November 2, 2018
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 video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters,” said Agim.
“Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed.
“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security checkpoints and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja,
Also, Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.
The army however said the death toll from the clashes was six.
The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation into the skirmish.