Friday, January 09, 2009

Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa

Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa

In Nigeria they are fighting over oil wealth.

Conflict in the Niger Delta arose in the early 1990s due to tensions between the foreign oil corporations and a number of the Niger Delta's minority ethnic groups who felt they were being exploited.

Some oil gets stolen.

"It's called illegal bunkering - the gangs break into and siphon oil out of the pipelines which run close to the shore." - Fighting for Nigeria's oil wealth

"The warring factions are fighting for control of the theft of crude oil, known as 'illegal oil bunkering.' Illegally bunkered oil accounts for perhaps 10 percent of Nigeria's oil production, bringing profits that are probably more than US$1 billion a year.

"Both politicians and those who head the illegal bunkering rackets - sometimes the same people - employ armed militia to ensure their reelection or defend their operations." - Nigeria: Oil and Violence

Ken Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental damage associated with the operations of multinational oil companies, especially Shell.

He was executed by the Nigerian military in 1995