Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Nigeria: Criminal Energy

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 5, 2008

Gang violence in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, is there to stay because it is fueled by rent-seeking local politicians and their comrades at the federal level. My contribution to Konkret (August 08) deals with the crisis in the oil-producing region of Nigeria and tries to disentangle the complicated relationship between local and regional government officials, armed militias, international oil companies as well as free-lanced political entrepreneurs (pdf of the article here). (more…)