The Donald Trump video which was shared by the Nigerian army on Friday, came with the caption “Please watch and make your deductions.” The US President who addressed newsmen in the video, said soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.
“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.
“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
Speaking to AFP over the video, Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim said the video was shared in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully. This came after the United States embassy in Nigeria said on Thursday, that it was “concerned” and called for an investigation.
Recall that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria 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. However the Nigerian army’s official death toll was six.
Amnesty International had also stated on Wednesday, that 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 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,” said Agim.
“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.”