Nigeria Tweeted Trump Caravan Speech Apparently To Defend Shooting Protesters

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IMN represents many members of Nigeria's Shiite minority and opposes the use of violence.

Last week, Trump took aim at a migrant caravan of several thousand Central Americans making their way toward the US border. The US Embassy in Abuja, the site of the protests, called for a "thorough investigation" to "hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".

The Army's tweet comes barely a week after some soldiers reportedly escorting a set of ammunition from Zuba, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory to Kaduna were accosted by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as the Shi'ites who were embarking on a procession.

He said, "I'll tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks like they did in Mexico and badly-hurt police and soldiers, we'll consider that a firearm because there's not much difference". Trump insisted Friday that he meant that rock-throwers would be arrested.

In a speech at the White House Thursday on immigration and asylum policy, Trump suggested US troops could open fire on members of migrant groups headed to the US-Mexico border. "The Shiites even burnt one of our vehicles, so what are Amnesty International saying?" the spokesman concluded.

"We're not going to put up with that", Mr. Trump said in the clip. The protesters were the "aggressors" and the military acted in self-defense, it said. "I told them, consider it a rifle".

Since taking office, Trump has moved to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Nigeria, providing training and security equipment to the country's military and approving the sale of twelve A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which former President Barack Obama froze due to the Nigerian military's poor human rights records, according to Human Rights Watch.

Several people were killed on Monday when Nigeria's army fired automatic weapons into a group of protesters, reports The Guardian. "Many of these shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions", Ojigho continued.

The most populous country is nearly equally divided with Sunni Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Shia Muslims, however, are an often persecuted religious minority.

The Nigerian Army later deleted the tweet, but not before various news outlets and USA officials had seen it.

Trump also referred to unspecified African countries as "shithole countries". Zakzaky has been under arrest since 2015, when the Nigerian army raided his Shiite Muslim sect, reportedly killing hundreds of people.

Facing global pressure over the fatal shootings, the Nigerian Army - the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces - tweeted the Trump video on Friday, but later deleted the post.

On Thursday, Tibor Nagy Jr., the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the violence.

Islamic Movement of Nigeria spokesman Ibrahim Musa said the Nigerian Army's use of force was extreme and argued the American president makes a poor role model.

Agim said: 'The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shia protesters.

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