Oil reserves bring billions into Nigeria, but also conflict with MEND

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nigeria is the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to the United States. (The United States is Nigeria's biggest single export market.) Behind this lucrative business relationship, however, is a wild backdrop of conflict in Nigeria’s oil fields. The region is poor and undeveloped, but oil exports make Nigeria one of the richest countries in Africa. Militants pushing for a share of this oil wealth and environmental remediation have resorted to blowing up pipelines, taking foreign hostages and fighting government troops. Commander Fara Dagogo is a member of the biggest rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND. The commander talks with The Takeaway about why he is sabotaging his country’s oil production.
Guests: Patrick Smith, Editor of Africa Confidential, and Fara Dagogo, a commander with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)

Contributors:

Kent DePinto and Femi Oke

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