The Nigerian Army has defended itself following the bloody confrontation between operatives and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites by sharing a video of United States President Donald Trump issuing a warning to migrants.
Soldiers of the Nigerian Army had shot at a procession of IMN members during their annual religious trek, which led to the death of more than 40 members of the sect.
In the video, which was originally aired on November 1, 2018, Trump was recorded issuing a warning to migrants who attempt to forcefully gain entry into the country.
In the video, Trump said a zero-tolerance policy would be meted to anyone who throws a rock at the military as soldiers will “consider that a firearm” because “there’s not much difference”.
This came against the backdrop of migrants pelting border operatives with stones while trying to gain entry into the United States.
The Nigerian Army shared the video on its official Twitter handle on Friday morning and called on Nigerians to “make deductions”.
This was ostensibly in reference to the raging debate that soldiers pelted with stoned by Shi’ites in Abuja should not have responded by firing gunshots.
However, a check by Sabinews on Friday revealed the video had been deleted from the Twitter timeline of the Nigerian Army’s official handle.