The consequences of oil politics

By Elisa Valle Marcos (for Safe Democracy)

Elisa Valle Marcos explains why Nigeria, the largest producer of petroleum in Africa, and home to vast deposits of natural gas, is considered by many experts as one of the most failed States in the world. With corruption, insecurity, and poverty running rampant, the Nigerian government has failed continuously to offer solutions to its many problems, even after the transition to democracy in 1999. And as the oil business continues to destroy communities, and the Nigerian government to ignore human rights, the question remains whether or not the international community can put pressure on Nigeria to change and lose the title of failed State.

Elisa Valle Marcos has a Master Degree in Internacional Relations and Communications from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a standing PhD candidate in Peace and International Security at the Guti