The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria
As America and Europe diversify oil and gas supplies away from the volatile Persian Gulf, West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea is set to become its counterweight: “The Next Gulf”.
Written By: Andy Rowell, James Marriott & Lorne Stockman
Published by Constable.
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Just over ten years ago, the Nigerian government executed activist and author Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his Ogoni compatriots. Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni were campaigning against the oil giant Shell and for a greater share of the country’s vast oil wealth. Their deaths brought the plight of the Niger Delta and the role of the oil companies, such as Shell, to the attention of the world. But ten years on the Delta remains mired in poverty and embroiled in conflict.
Since 9/11, the Gulf of Guinea has gained unprecedented strategic importance to the US and its allies. Washington wants the region's oil and gas resources and is prepared to protect its access with military might. Nigeria is the biggest oil and gas producer in the region and therefore central to US strategy.
Forgotten in this new scramble for African resources are the people of the Niger Delta, who have received little benefit from 50 years of oil production in their midst. They continue to suffer from dire environmental pollution and human rights abuses. Exploiting the oil are multinational oil companies – which have been complicit over the years in creating the situation in the Delta today. Governments in Europe and North America have also played a role through supporting the activities of their oil companies and by creating and maintaining the tax haven system, which has facilitated the theft of billions of dollars in oil revenues by Nigeria's elites. Of the $400 billion earned from the Niger Delta's oil since 1965, very few in Nigeria have benefited.
Andy Rowell, James Marriott and Lorne Stockman set out how a new Atlantic Triangle is being created that ties Britain, America and the Niger Delta together. The first Atlantic Triangle was built on the exploitation of slaves; the second on the exploitation of oil and gas. The authors put forward a set of radical proposals based on voices from the Delta that could break the triangle and ensure that a different development path is followed.
Andy Rowell is a journalist and author, whose previous books include Don`t Worry - its Safe to Eat and Green Backlash. Writers James Marriott and Lorne Stockman are part of PLATFORM.
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