Fuel to the Flames: Oil and Political Violence in Contemporary Nigeria

  • J. N. C. Hill


Oil is contributing to Nigeria’s failure in six main ways. First, its extraction undermines the quality of life and standards of living of tens of thousands of Niger Delta residents. The unsightly pipes, noisy pumping stations, frequent oil spills and constant gas flaring create an unpleasant and unhealthy environment to live in. Many of the streams and springs that provide drinking water are polluted. Much of the food produced locally is contaminated. The number of cases of certain types of cancer and respiratory illness are higher than the national averages. And the traditional industries of farming and fishing are in decline due to the damage caused to agricultural land and fish stocks leading to the impoverishment of those who work in them.


Gross Domestic Product Niger Delta Dutch Disease Boko Haram Federal Environmental Protection Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. N. C. Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s College LondonUK

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