Niger Delta Crisis: Women and Children of the Creeks Pay High Price for Nigeria's Oil

by Remi Adeoye

There is stiff opposition to the proposed Niger Delta Summit slated to be held in Abuja, Nigeria. The Delta's most prominent militant group, known as The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), called it a "circus," and "a face saving measure" by the slow-moving Yar'Adua administration to show that it has a plan to solve the area's problems. The line of battle has been drawn between the federal government and the militants, with tensions increasing after the deployment of more soldiers and two naval warships to the oil-rich Delta, which militants described as a "callous, wicked adult video chat attempt to wipe the Ijaw nation from the face of the earth."

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