That ill-advised search for oil in the north


On Monday, President Mohammadu Buhari was said to have met with three state governors from the northern part of the country. The meeting was to discuss what is becoming a desperate, continued search for oil in the north.

Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, one of the visitors to the president, was quoted to have called on the federal government to support the search for oil in the Sokoto basin, as that area had been discovered to have oil reserve as far back as 1957.

The search for oil in the north is not new. It had been on for quite a while with enormous cost in material and human. In July, this year, that search ended in the death of 48 people as the explorers were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. Five of the dead were lecturers from the University of Maiduguri, some 18 soldiers and Civilian JTF were also among the victims. I recall the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, in the aftermath of the incident, saying that the NNPC had been directed to the…

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