Can Nigeria Be Crushed Into Shape? by Okey Ndibe

Professor Okey Ndibe

By Okey Ndibe

Professor Okey Ndibe

I was disturbed by a report in last Sunday’s edition of The Punch newspaper. It read, “Buhari orders military to crush new Niger Delta militant group”.

It’s meet to quote the report at length: “President Muhammadu Buhari has given a fresh order to the military to crack down on a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has been attacking oil installations.

“SUNDAY PUNCH gathered on Saturday that the President gave the directive on Friday, following the group’s attack on Chevron’s platform in Warri, Delta State, on Thursday and its blowing up of pipelines linking Warri and Kaduna refineries on Friday.

“Following the attack on the Okan offshore production platform on Wednesday by the militants, Chevron said it had lost about 105,000 barrels of oil production in three days.

The oil major said the incident had affected about 35,000 barrels per day of its own net crude production, or about 15 per cent of its output in the country.

“Approximately 35,000 bpd of Chevron’s net crude oil production in Nigeria are impacted,”’ AFP quoted a Chevron’s spokeswoman, Isabel Ordonez, as saying in a statement.

“The General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Deji Haastrup, confirmed the figure.

“He said, ‘This is a very difficult time for the country because it needs the revenue it can get from oil production. Incidents such as this have the potential to impact that. We do hope that it does not seriously affect the country…The workers said following the attacks, they counted about 10 military air patrols over the pipelines on Saturday…They also added that it had been difficult for fire fighters to quench the fire from the bombed pipelines.

“It was learnt that following the attacks, which has the potential of adversely affecting the revenue of the country, the President instructed the Nigerian …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper