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Oil never ruined the Niger Delta. It is the Nigerian Governments over the years in concert with the Northern Oligarchy that actually ruined both Oil an the Niger Delta.
An objective appraisal of the Nigerian phenomenon would reveal that Oil is not an assailant in this circumstance,but a pitiable prey or victim.
The Nigerian example is ,in deed,a very queer one,but like I have always argued the British blame in the whole matter is irredeemable.
Niger Delta now wallows in abject penury. Oh history and posterity shall determine the ominious fate of the antagonists in due course!
Once again,mark my words,Iam not a Prophet of Doom.
Nigeria my country, is a great nation nation despite the ups and downs in my country . i so much believe , tommorrow is sure. GOD BLESS NIGERIA
Oil itself has done little harm to the Niger Delta.What has actually destroyed the place is the continued unsustainable exploitation of Oil without comensurate infusion of hope, respite and development to the goose that lays the golden egg. What the govt of Nigeria does is mere introduction of cosmetic paliatives and lopsided restructuring that leaves the Niger Delta and its people more frustrated devastated and aggitated.
Oil has not only ruptured the Niger Delta. it has also, nearly ruined the entire nation.
The controversial 'black gold' as they the call it has rendered most of Nigeria's political leaders unimaginative and incapable of seeking ways to add value to them selves, and their people.
All they do is to use brute force and stolen funds to get themselves in power and then seat back, collect the oil-money and plunder it with their cronies.
This is the unfortunate story of Nigeria and as a Nigerian Journalist from the Niger Delta region, i wonder when the nightmare will end.
I am of the opinion that Goodluck Jonathan despite the resolution by both houses of national assembly making him the Acting President of Nigeria may be hampered. Why? There's no legal teeth to this resolution nor is it constitutional so it can be challenged by intercenine acts within the inner cabinet. The concrete step to take is for the Chief Justice to swear him in to cover any legal loophole.
The curse of oil has fallen on Nigeria and we have become a threat to ourselves especially in the Niger Delta. The most worrisome consequence of the agitation for resource control (which i consider a valid cause but wrongly fought) is the kidnapping element. This has now spread like an epidemic to most parts in south eastern Nigeria because of severe underemployment. By my calculations, only about 2 million Nigerians are adequately employed so the rest depend on these ones and the politicians who steal our common resources and give back a little as handouts.
Furthermore, a lot of the young people no longer want to attend school because of the easy money from oil or politics. It is a sorry situation that is worsened by a lack of direction from community leaders who are more interested in financial benefits from the oil companies and Government than the welfare of the people. We are hopeful that the amnesty programme will finally bring peace to the region.
Anytime I listen to the cries from the Niger Delta, my heart bleeds because I see helpless people taken hostage by outsiders and insiders. A lot has been said about the outsiders (Politicians from outside the Niger Delta). My appeal is to the insiders who have taken the poor people hostage. The people from the Niger Delta who oppose development. Those who use the fight to enrich themselves. The associations who pretend to fight for the people. Theres a Niger Delta Association for every profession and class who prefer cash rewards to development programs. Those who dont care about the people but the proceeds that come to them. Unless all the agencies (Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Developmet Association, State and Local Governments from Niger Delta) are held accountable) , any fight for and on behalf of the Niger Delta will not result in any developmental progress. I pray that 75% derivation is approved for the Niger Delta but not in the hands of present day political leaders of Niger Delta and definitely not in the hands of MEND. My relations in Jos Plateau State suffer from farmland destruction during the tin mining days that payed the school fees of many Niger Deltans and so I understand the pains.
Oil has ruined nigeria and failed to translate to development due to bad, poor, visionless and greedy leadership. A country piloted by parochial minded leaders can not benefit from oil revenues equitably.
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