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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014


After the amnesty, more amnesty

President Jonathan struggles to pacify militants and oil companies as violence and theft continue in his Delta homeland

The environmental devastation, lawlessness and grand corruption have not stopped in the oil-producing Niger Delta but the situation looks far less forbidding when set against the horrific insurgency in the north-east. The callous distinction between the two crises is that the Delta militancy, unlike that in the north, has the ability to inflict speedy and crippling economic damage. Sceptical northern politicians say that if Nigeria's oilfields had been in Borno State, the insurgency would have been met with the level of force that military governments of the 1990s deployed in the Delta.

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