Shiites Killing: Backlash Trails Nigerian Army’s Posting Of Donald Trump Video

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Nigerians have taken to social media to castigate the Nigerian Army for posting a video of US President Donald Trump to justify killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja earlier in the week.

In the 48-second video, Trump could be heard saying that US troops would be justified to use their rifles should illegal immigrants at the Mexican border throw stones at them.

Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks “viciously and violently” at Mexican police.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” he said.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks as they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

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Recall that many shiites protesting the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, were shot dead by Nigerian Army personnel for throwing stones at the soldiers.

But many commentators berated the military for posting the video, saying that migrants were not the same as the Shiites, who are Nigerian citizens.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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