New International Crisis Group Report on Nigerian Unrest

by Chris Borgen

The International Crisis Group has a new report on the risk of widespread violence in the Niger Delta called “The Swamps of Insurgency: Nigeria’s Delta Unrest.” The executive summary and full report download are available here. Following is a short description from the ICG:

The Nigerian government and international oil corporations must change direction if they are to reduce the risk of violent meltdown in the Niger Delta, where a potent cocktail of poverty, crime and corruption is fuelling a militant threat to the country’s reliability as a major oil producer. Several steps are required to reverse the situation. The government needs to forge far-reaching reforms to administration and its approach to revenue sharing. Oil companies should involve credible, community-based organisations in their development efforts. And Western governments must pay immediate attention to improving their own development aid.

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