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Title:Resource rights agitations and the 'new forms of conflict' in the Niger-Delta, 1999-2008
Author:Ukaogo, VictorISNI
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:social conflicts
government policy
political economy
environmental degradation
social and economic rights
petroleum industry
Abstract:From 1999 to date, there would seem to be policy paralysis on the part of the government of Nigeria in the context of formulating and implementing policy options that could stem the tide of continuous revolt in the Niger Delta region. The revolt is the contemporary manifestation of the resource rights agitations that have pitched the oil rich minority groups in the Niger Delta against the Nigerian State. The State is obsessed with the search for peace but fails to address the issues of justice that are central to the conflict. The adoption of militarized mediation as a conflict resolution strategy has aggravated tensions, which in turn has led to the transformation and intensification of conflict strategies adopted by the people in the region. The transition from non-violence to violence in the post-Ken Saro Wiwa era is now evident in the reintroduction of old forms of conflict, such as kidnapping and oil-flow obstruction, although the brazen nature of these acts seems to convey the impression that these forms of conflict are new. The author establishes the link between these conflicts and the ongoing resource agitations in the region. He also explores possible remedies that could stem the tide of violence. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]