Niger Delta Once Again on the Brink?

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Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua proposed amnesty last Thursday for Niger Delta rebels willing to lay down their arms. The move has all the trapping of an attempt to deflect international criticism of what’s to come: There are reports that the Nigerian army’s special Niger Delta Joint Task Force is gearing up for what looks like a new attempt — codenamed Operation Restore Hope — to clamp down on the militant activity which has disrupted Nigeria’s oil output by about a million barrels per day. (Even taking into account recent declines in the price of oil, that’s real money.) However, […]

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