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Peace at Risk in Nigeria’s Oil Heartlands as Locals’ Patience Wears Thin | VOA

The Nigerian government’s efforts to secure peace in the oil heartlands of the Niger Delta are empty promises, community leaders say, threatening a return to violence that would derail any broader recovery in the crude-dependent economy.

Small houses are seen by the bank of a river amidst polluted waterways in Gbaramatu kingdom, in Delta State, Nigeria, June 18, 2017.

Small houses are seen by the bank of a river amidst polluted waterways in Gbaramatu kingdom, in Delta State, Nigeria, June 18, 2017.

With Africa’s biggest economy mired in recession, delegations including Acting President Yemi Osinbajo have held talks since February with community leaders in the restive oil-producing states in Nigeria’s southeast.

Oil exports are now set to exceed 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, the highest in 17 months, from as little as just over 1 million bpd at certain points last year. That is due to a steady decline in attacks on pipelines, providing a much-needed injection of cash into Nigerian government coffers.

Source: Peace at Risk in Nigeria’s Oil Heartlands as Locals’ Patience Wears Thin | Voice of America

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