The Nigerian director of defense, Brigade General John Agim, told the BBC the tweet was in reaction to Amnesty International's damning investigation, released on October 31, that found "excessive force" by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days.
In a since deleted tweet, the Nigerian Army shared a video of a recent speech from Donald Trump, in which he touted anti-immigration messages, stating unequivocally that rocks thrown at military personnel at the U.S. border would be considered firearms.
The Nigerian army posted - then later deleted - a video on Twitter of President Donald Trump bashing the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico. We're going to consider it, and I told them, consider it a rifle. His recent inflammatory statements, made days before the USA midterm elections, have clearly been seized upon by some in the Nigerian military as an abusive new standard to which they would like to adhere. "I told them, consider it a rifle".
The Nigerian army cited a video of Donald Trump to justify opening fire on a to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters this week.
Amnesty International lambasted the Nigerian military's "horrific use of excessive force" and said researchers have "strong evidence" that security forces wielded automatic firearms during Monday's protest. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back.More news: Plot to Smear Mueller Unravels as FBI Is Asked to Investigate
"However, Amnesty International while frowning at such justification, reminded that human rights are not subject to whims of the world's leaders adding that, rather than engaging in a preposterous competition over who does a better job of violating human rights, the Nigerian government must hold its security forces accountable for the horrific killing of at least 45 peaceful protesters".
The Nigerian army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
During Zakzaky's 2015 arrest, Nigerian soldiers are believed to have killed hundreds more members of the group. "The use of force is disproportionate". People will kill other people in Africa, as it has been for thousands of years.
Amnesty International had described the firing of live ammunition to disperse a peaceful gathering without warning as a "clear violation of Nigerian and international law".
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) claimed 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital, Abuja.
Whiles the army reported of injuries to its personnel deployed to control the protesters, IMN reports that dozens of its supporters were killed even though the army put the death toll at three.