Conflict in the Niger Delta: More than a Local Affair
6 Sep 2012
Since a 2009 amnesty program with Niger Delta militias, neither Nigeria nor foreign partners have invested enough to end violent conflict in the region. There are rumors of an arms buildup and kidnapping persists, with prominent Nigerians now targeted as frequently as expatriates working in the oil sector. Meanwhile, reconstruction and investment efforts have tended to exacerbate patronage networks, fueling a violent backlash. International partners should direct more support to build local NGO capacity and community engagement in order to overcome delays and foot dragging at the state and federal levels, but success will require persistence and extensive financial and technical assistance.