Monday, May 01, 2006

Another bomb in the Niger Delta on Saturday

According to the Guardian UK:
Militants [MEND] battling for more of Nigeria's oil revenue said they detonated a car bomb by remote control Saturday near a refinery in the country's southern delta region.

... Despite the oil riches, most of the southern delta region's people remain mired in deep poverty and the militants say they are fighting to change that.

President Olusegun Obasanjo says the militants are little more than thieves, involved in lucrative black-market dealings in stolen oil.
I believe the militants' side of the story almost completely, and I would bet that Obasanjo is at least fractionally correct that there are thieves among the militants. But the black market trade in Nigerian oil is very sophisticated and capital-heavy, and clearly requires the aid of local and state goverments to carry it out. If Obasanjo wants to blame someone for the black market, he should look to his governors -- and probably his own bank account.

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