The Nigerian Army has used President Donald Trump's own words about the use of force against migrants throwing stones to justify shooting at Shia Muslim protesters.
"But I will tell you this", he continued, "anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico - the Mexican military, Mexican police - where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".
Along with the clip, the Nigerian army posted the caption: "Please watch and make your deductions". "We're not going to put with that", the president said in the video. He also said the United States military is trained to fight back against anyone in the migrant caravan who throw rocks at soldiers.
One day later, Trump said he didn't mean the troops would shoot the rock-throwers. "When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police I say consider it a rifle". On Friday, the Nigerian army took to Twitter to defend its decision to open fire at Shiite protesters in the capital, Abuja - by citing Trump.
Amnesty International has criticised Nigeria's army for the killings, saying the Shia protesters were peaceful.
At least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were killed by security forces on Saturday and Monday, as the group held two days of "peaceful gatherings" around Abuja, according to the London-based worldwide human rights watchdog. IMN represents many members of Nigeria's Shiite minority and opposes the use of violence.
The Defence Headquarters had said only three Shi'ites were killed during the violent protests, saying the army acted in self-defence.
"We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International?" a Nigerian Army spokesman said. The IMN said that the military killed at least 49 people with their live bullets.
Nigeria's defense spokesman, Agim, told ABC News he believes the army was responding to Amnesty International's criticism by "using Mr. Trump's video to justify the shooting".
The Army has previously tweeted photos of wounded soldiers who suffered from rock pelting religious protesters seeking the release of their detained leader.
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The army did not mention the fact that the USA embassy in Abuja has urged Nigerian authorities to "take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".
Soldiers had arrived to assist police, a news release said, and were met with protesters who threw canisters of fuel, "large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items". "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.