Thursday, October 19, 2006
Oil and Blood Swirling Together: The Niger Delta in Turmoil
This week, Timothy Sowula writes on Open Democracy on how Nigeria is dealing with heated competition for oil. What should be an economic boon has brought on violence, economic deprivation and political instability. How the Niger Delta goes so goes the world, and instability there has contributed to record gas prices in the US and around the globe. Sowula lays the blame for the region's woes on the Nigerian government, oil companies and western powers fiercely competing for economic and political position. Is west Africa headed for another round of deadly conflict and environmental devastation while sitting on great wealth and potential? Likely.
Read up: The Niger delta: how to lift the oil curse?