Today, the Movement of Emancipation of the Niger Delta has warned oil companies and their employees to leave the delta before midnight Friday. If these oil companies do not leave, they plan on disrupting the oil supplies in Nigeria which will ultimately have an impact on the price of oil.
Nigeria is U.S. fifth largest oil importer. The Nigerian government and the oil companies gross over $100 million dollars from pumping oil out of the Delta; and every day, Nigeria pumps around 2 million barrels of oil.
The people in the Delta receive none of this economic wealth. Instead, they endure extreme poverty, environmental devastation, climate change and conflicts despite the billions in oil revenues that have been extracted from their land. Who benefits from these conflicts?
In the past, the region had the heroic efforts of Ken Wiwa, who him and eight others was assassinated for non-violent peaceful actions for ecological justice by the Nigerian government. Then and now, oil extraction still destroys the health of the people in Delta.
Nigeria’s current conflict is an example of oil companies like Shell and Chevron being complicit in overthrowing the past peaceful means by supporting Nigerian and Western oil profits. The result is today’s desperate battle to recover basic human and economic rights that are playing out right now in Nigeria. U.S. oil addiction and the worse gas guzzler in the auto industry, Ford Motor Company is fueling violence and unrest in Nigeria, the fifth largest oil producer. Shame on Shell, shame on Chevron, and shame on Ford Motor’s Company.