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Week 2: Oil and water in Nigeria

Oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in the 1950s. Since then, Nigeria has become the largest oil producer in Africa and the 11th largest producer globally. Oil has generated billions of dollars in profits, but these revenues have barely touched the local population.

In many cases, rural communities where crude oil is produced face severe environmental degradation. They lack access to safe drinking water, electricity and roads. Struggles over the resources generated by the oil operations have led to conflict within and between communities, conflict between the population and the oil companies, and fights between armed groups and the oil companies as well as Nigerian security forces.

The situation in the Niger delta shows how the unjust sharing of resources and the unrestrained exploitation of the environment reinforce poverty and conflict.

Biblical reflection: Transforming the bitter waters of Marah

Rev. Canon Dr Ezekiel Babatunde, director of the Institute of Church and Society of the Christian Council of Nigeria, looks at the story of the Exodus and reflects on environmental damage and economic injustice. Read more...

Background and resources:

A short overview on “Oil, water, and conflict in the Niger Delta” with links to further information has been prepared by the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and the EWN. Read more...

What you can do:

The Christian Council of Nigeria encourages you to join the oil fast in solidarity with the people of the Niger Delta. Read more...