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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Abuja buys a Delta amnesty

President Yar'Adua's government has a won a respite in the Delta, but without political reform it will remain only temporary

With an eye on the 2011 elections and with oil production now well under half of the installed capacity of 2.5 million barrels per day, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua signed an amnesty on 25 October with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Yar'Adua's power in the governing People's Democratic Party already relies on several compromising relationships with politicians under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Delta deal risks rubber stamping another round of corrupt relations with unaccountable politicians - with no tangible benefit for the people in the Niger Delta.

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