Related Rule
Practice Relating to Rule 71. Weapons That Are by Nature Indiscriminate
Nigeria’s Military Manual (1994) states that “the basic principles are that every commander has the right to choose the means and methods or type of warfare” but has to “distinguish between military and civilian objects”. 
Nigeria, International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Directorate of Legal Services, Nigerian Army, 1994, p. 42, § 11.
In 1974, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Nigeria stated: “The wars of liberation … were being fought with conventional weapons, with the weaker side, particularly the freedom fighters, as the exclusive targets of … indiscriminate weapons.” Nigeria’s representative added that “his country was therefore anxious for restrictions to be imposed on such weapons”. 
Nigeria, Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. XVI, CDDH/IV/SR.2, 14 March 1974, p. 19, § 12.