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Vol 46 No 11

Published 27th May 2005


Battles of Boro's ghost

The struggle in the Delta heats up again as foreign reserves top $21 billion

Deep in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the Ijaw people are fighting over the ghost of nationalist hero Isaac Jasper Boro. At stake are the political allegiances of the Ijaw, Nigeria's fourth biggest ethnic group. They are also among the leading activists in the campaign to win a bigger share of the country's multibillion-dollar oil wealth for the Delta. With more than US$21 billion in Abuja's foreign reserves and a further $8 bn. in the 'excess oil income' account, Delta activists seethe at the dismal conditions in the oil-producing areas (AC Vol 46 No 7).

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