Nigeria: More Chaos, Less Civil War

Archives

November21, 2006: Islamic terrorists have not been able to establish bases in Moslem northern Nigeria, and Islamic conservatism is losing some of its appeal as well. The criminal gangs and corruption, although under attack, continue to flourish. The corruption supplies money for state level politicians to maintain private militias, but none of these personal armies have been put forward as a player in a potential civil war. The country is divided, but not in an organized way. Thus there is lots of chaos, but much less threat of a civil war. Anti-corruption efforts are forcing many potential warlords to spend a lot of their time avoiding jail.

November 19, 2006: Rebels left an offshore oil platform, and freed 40 hostages, after occupying it for two weeks. Apparently a payoff was made.

November 18, 2006: A man was caught trying to smuggle 11 pounds of explosives aboard an airliner. Airport security was increased. Nigeria has had a number of crashes lately, caused by poor maintenance. But airport security is pretty sloppy as well, and the smuggler they caught may have been one of many who were not detected.

November 16, 2006: In the Niger Delta, about a dozen gunmen attacked a oilfield logistics base, but were repulsed by sailors guarding the facility. Two of the attackers were killed and one was captured. This was the first time a navy security force has managed to repulse such a major attack.

 

Article Archive

Nigeria: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close