Regions / Nigeria
Recent U.S. meetings with Nigerian dictators do little to improve transparency in a country rife with corruption.
The Nigerian military's joint task force is fighting its own people over access to oil-rich land. The international community needs to push for greater humanitarian access and peaceful resistance efforts in the Niger Delta region.
Oil companies and the Nigerian military are attempting to maintain control of what will soon be one-quarter of U.S. oil imports.
Oil is a mixed blessing for Nigeria, Liberia, and Chad. Columnist Emira Woods reports on how the rich have pocketed the profits and the poor have suffered the environmental consequences.
It must be said that corruption in Nigeria is a by product of the general rut that has beset the nation through more than three decades of military rule as well as years of short-sighted civilian governments.
In the wake of the September 11th attack and the Iraq war, Nigeria's geopolitical significance to the U.S. has come into sharper relief.
At a time when the petropolitics of the Bush administration seem to reign supreme, the rights of peoples affected by the global hunt for oil have received an important boost.
In June 1993 Nigerias military, led by General Ibrahim Babangida, annulled election results, thereby blocking the inauguration of the countrys first civilian president in a decade.