The all-powerful Niger Delta leaders at the heart of the country's oil and political crises

Oil theft in Nigeria's Niger Delta region has become rampant. President Muhammadu Buhari is offering multi-million dollar contracts to the powerful leaders of armed local political groups in the hopes of being able to use their influence to the advantage of his party in the 2023 elections. [...] (1497 words)
Issue dated 19/09/2022 Reading time 6 minutes
Members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) armed group, September 2008.
Members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) armed group, September 2008. © Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

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