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Title:Oil and the national question: the external dimension
Author:Agbu, OsitaISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Volume:26
Issue:1
Pages:99-117
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:minority groups
petroleum
Abstract:This article examines the external ramifications of the demands of the oil minorities for an equitable share and control of the oil in Nigeria. These demands threaten the hegemony of the groups which dominate the Nigerian State, the Nigerian monocultural economy, and foreign dominance of the oil industry. The author feels that this is undermining the capacity of the State to mediate in the struggles for the control of oil. There have been protests by ethnic minorities like the Ogoni in the Niger Delta, drawing attention to their marginalization and exploitation by the Nigerian government and by the oil multinationals. These have been repressed which has led to a rise in tension, which has in turn attracted national and international attention. Unless the government, the oil multinationals, and other global actors in the Delta adopt fairer principles, concede equity, and recognize the rights of minority groups, the problem will only be exacerbated. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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