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Nigeria turning critical
The Niger Delta Avengers militant group has claimed responsibility for three new attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure, promising to cut production to zero- Reuters/6/5/2016
ON THE POLITICAL FRONT we turn to Africa this morning where... and we are not at all surprised by this fact...Nigeria's President, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, had promised to visit the states of
that country's sout heast but where, yesterday, he had decided against doing so. He sent his Vice President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, there in his stead, offering no explanation for his decision. At the same time, the Niger Delta Avengers, having already attacked two pipelines earlier this week, attacked two other pipelines, having promised only two days earlier to do precisely that.
The Avengers... whose sophistic ation regarding military equipment and capabilities conti nues to astonish us on a regular basis... issued the following terse comment:
At about 2:00 a.m today [we] below up the Ogboinbir to Tebidaba and Clough Creek Crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa State. This is in line with our promise to all international oil companies and indigenous oil companies that Nigeria oil production will be zero.
Vice President Osinbajo said that despite the attacks, the government in Abuja is
Determined to put right the things of the past were the people of this land were treated unfairly and the environment unduly polluted and degraded. The cleanup of this land will require change on the part of those who deal with the Niger River environment, particularly the oil companies and our communities.
The problem for Mr. Buhari and Mr. Osinbajo is that this has become a religious war for the Avengers whereas Buhari and Osinbajo see it merely as a separatist threat in the South once again... reminding them of the Biafra War in the late 60s and early 70's
[Ed. Note: We've included a map this page of that part of southeastern Nigeria that sets off the area known then as Biafra. This was the region encompassing the present states of Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Imo and Anambra states. The estimates of those killed in the 26 month long separatist, civil war range between 45-75 thousand!]...
as well as an “environmental” battle. Buhari & Company refuse to publically acknowledge that this has become a war between the predominately Christian, Igbo tribe of 6 the southeast and Mr. Buhari, a former General in the Nigerian Army, and a Muslim. The Avengers are convinced that Buhari and his government are intent upon destroying the Christian South and have taken up arms against that threat
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