The Niger Delta Conflict A fight for liberation of its people

This was a hard one, The Niger Delta Conflict, where militias and its people fought its own government to take action against its poverty state and too stop the oiling off shore in the Delta. Not much of the fighting has been recorded, nor has much research been done, its most of the basics of the fighting and what the people are doing for what they need. But what I have found out is that the fighting has been occurring for the last 15 years, and even more, there has always been tension between the government and these militias. This showed me that a revolution doesn't just start out of no where, it takes time, it takes conflict, and conflict has been happening for to long and the people cannot live under these conditions. For that, that is why i chose this research topic, because it shows a government mistreating its own people in a modern time, in the most purist way, the people are poor, want food and money, and the government neglects them continues to make money for themselves.

Militia group known as Niger Delta Avengers

INCUBATION STAGE

The people left in poor conditions

During the early 90's and late 80's, the country has slowly fell into a poverty state, leaving its citizens being left with almost no money. The Government has started to work with oil companies to "bring money into the state" but the people never saw any of this money, and the oil companies left the water in terrible conditions for the people. This had gone for 10+ years, and the people were growing tired of these poor conditions, as they never got much help from there own gover

Systematic Stage

In the last 20 years, protests started over the poverty of the region. Militias started to grow and gain power and their were lots of human rights activists showing up to the region to help the cause. The government didn't take this as kindly as they did, they weren't as peaceful. In 1995, Ken Saro-Kiwa, and 10 other human rights activists were executed by the government, which was the breaking point of the people, and the starting point of fighting for years to come.

Crisis Stage

After the executions and ignoring the people, the militia groups that had grown from the protests finally set out and attacked the government. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) set out and started attacking numerous oil rigs and pipe lines, cutting off much of the governments communication, still to this day, at the beginning of the year, many militia units still attack government property with much fighting still occurring.

Convalescence Stage

As of right now, it seems there is no peace in sight, tho many of the militia units were called for a peace treaty with the government. Much fighting still occurs today and doesn't look like it'll end. Once all the fighting is over, I can see the poverty levels in the region lower, but still have issues within its government. They might just end up right back to where they started and just start over again. The fighting might never end, they may not stop till there is nothing left for the government to work off of, or the government suppress the militias, but leave the towns in ruins and leave the people still as poor as they were b

Differences and Similarities between The Niger delta Conflict and The French Revolution

Differences: Well for one, Nigeria isn't France. Secondly, the fighting during the French Revolution was done by the people and for the people, but at the Delta, much of the fighting was done by militia units trying to tear down or break apart it's government. The French Revolution wanted to seize the king and queen, when the Niger Delta just wants to get out of its poverty and for it government to help them.

Similarities: Both French and Delta are fighting for the same kind of cause, in the French Revolution the people wanted food and money and stop letting the higher up's keep all the money, and in the Niger Delta, the people were stuck in poverty and couldn't do anything about it, so they have the militia groups help them fight so the government could maybe help them get money and get them out of poverty. Both Revolutions have one goal, to either overthrow the government or to help the people.

Peel Paragraph

Violence to some people is a way of getting what you need, as the taking by force strategy sometimes works, but in most cases, violence is not needed and everything can be solved peacefully. Look at the civil rights movement, look at India's past, everything can be solved with peace. Segregation didn't end because people didn't burn down the capitols, it ended because people showed that everyone needs to be treated equally and there is no reason for difference. In India, they were freed from the British with peace, not fighting back. Coming at them with peace in mind shows there is never any violence needed and they had done nothing wrong. When you use violence, all you do is show more of a reason that there has to be more fighting, and can easily be turned around and hit you in the face because fighting shows your savagery, shows your darker self, but with peace, it shows the real issue and that there is no reason for why there is an issue, it get's the job done and makes people feel more comfortable about the opposing side, which sooner or later, lets the change happen without leaving a massacre behind, or leaving a town or city in ruins. All in all, violence is never needed, peace can solve anything as long as you can set your mind and heart to it.

CITES

http://www.blackpast.org/gah/niger-delta-conflict-1990s

http://www.globalissues.org/article/86/nigeria-and-oil

http://www.waado.org/NigerDelta/Essays/ResourceControl/Onduku.html

http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1255/getting-it-right-searching-for-the-elusive-solution-in-the-niger-delta

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Created with images by Terry Wha - "Niger Delta" • 300td.org - "The Niger delta often shows fairytale-like scenery."

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