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Title:Towards a new political economy of the Niger Delta question in Nigeria
Author:Amuwo, AdekunleISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 0258-9346)
Volume:36
Issue:2
Pages:237-257
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political economy
petroleum
Niger Delta conflict
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589340903240187
Abstract:The major argument of this article is that a holistic comprehension of the Niger Delta Question (NDQ) within the context of the overarching Nigerian National Question (NNQ) is a sine qua non for effective policy and related intervention in the crisis. The NDQ, as crucially important as it is, will remain a festering sore as long as it is treated as if it is sui generis; as if it is a political economy issue distinct from related political economies of State neglect and an alliance of State and global forces at the expense of the Nigerian people. The paper also underlines the criticality of geopolitics and contemporary globalization to a full understanding of the behaviour of the Nigerian State in relation, first, to transnational capital and, subsequently, to Nigerians. In order to effectively address the NDQ, it is imperative to simultaneously interrogate the crisis of the Nigerian state; its undue externalization and extroversion; and its uses, misuses and abuses of power, particularly in tandem with major oil multinationals and Western/other powers. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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