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Trump is Making Nigeria Great Again!

05 November 2018

In a tweet, which has since been deleted, the Nigerian Army shared a video of Mr. Trump's ominous warning to migrants traveling in a US -bound caravan that if they throw rocks, USA troops will respond with lethal force.

The army tweeted the section of Trump's press conference Thursday when the president said that if migrants in the caravan throw rocks, American troops stationed at the border should "consider it a rifle".

The Nigerian army quickly seized on Trump's comments, posting a video of Trump's speech on Twitter and telling viewers to draw deductions. We are not going to put up with that. If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. "What are they then saying?" Nigerian police arrested 400 members of the Shia Muslim sect after days of deadly protests in the capital of Abuja that began on Saturday.

The US is a close partner of Nigeria's government, but has historically been cautious when it comes to security collaboration between the countries, given the Nigerian military's long history of abuse and the absence of meaningful accountability.

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The Nigerian army says six protesters have been killed, but the protest group itself says dozens died, and rights group Amnesty International says the true number is 45.

The Nigerian military's tweet came the same week its service members opened fire on a march of protesters belonging to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), who were demanding the release of their jailed leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.

The police arrested 400 IMN members on Tuesday for engaging in a violent protest and for setting ablaze a police patrol vehicle parked in front of a shopping mall on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

In a statement responding to Trump's remarks, Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: "We reject these vicious policies".

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The Nigerian Army, which has been accused of using excessive deadly force against Muslim protesters, appeared to use a recent comment by President Donald Trump to justify the violence, according to CBS News.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sunday in Sokoto, state leader of IMN, Sheikh Sidi Manir, said they have been practicing their religion in Nigeria for over 40 years now without interference, hence, he wondered what is now their crime that the government is consistently against them.

The Nigerian Army, meanwhile, seized on Trump's words.

"It seems the Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics created to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings".

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The Nigerian Army later deleted the tweet, but not before various news outlets and US officials had seen it. "I believe you know that he uses stone", Agim said. "This pattern clearly shows soldiers and police approached IMN processions not to restore public order, but to kill", said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria, using the initials for the Shiite protesters.

Trump is Making Nigeria Great Again!