News You Really Need To See: “Gunmen Kill Nine, Gas Pipeline Hit in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta”

“Gunmen Kill Nine, Gas Pipeline Hit in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta”

Reuters, April 4, 2015

“Nigeria’s delta region was hit by violence on Friday, as gunmen killed nine people and, separately, militants blew up a gas pipeline, in a sign of returning unrest to the oil producing area days after a relatively peaceful presidential election.  Opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in a landslide victory last weekend, producing some resentment in Jonathan’s home region. … Some former militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which wrought havoc in the oil-producing creeks in the early 2000s, threatened to take up arms again should Jonathan lose but there was no immediate backlash after the president accepted defeat.  His People’s Democratic Party swept the vote in Rivers and neighboring Bayelsa and Delta states. … Observers said the Rivers vote was marred by ill-equipped polling units, unprepared electoral officers and some violence.”

Quickie analysis:  The people of the Niger Delta have a number of legitimate grievances, and Goodluck Jonathan was a hometown boy who made sure they were compensated for some of those.  With him gone, some at least want to make sure the new government doesn’t forget to keep the cash flowing.

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