"Since oil was discovered in the Delta people have known no peace."
- Israel Aloja, Environmental Rights Action
Oil, which could potentially have allowed Nigeria to be one of the wealthiest countries in Africa has instead led it to become one of the poorest.
A series of repressive and corrupt governments in Nigeria have been supported and maintained by western governments and oil corporations, keen on benefitting from the fossil fuels that can be exploited.
According to Human Rights Watch, “multinational oil companies are complicit in abuses committed by the Nigerian military and police.”
- background article Nigeria and Oil at globalissues.org