YENAGOA, NIGERIA—Former militants in Nigeria’s Niger Delta say unrest may resume if the country’s new president ends the amnesty program and monthly payments that brought peace to the oil-producing region.
Each month, former militants who used to spend their time bombing pipelines and kidnapping foreign oil workers in the Niger Delta get the equivalent of about $330 to convince them to occupy their time in other ways. They also get access to training programs intended to help them find other work.
This arrangement started in 2009, but it was never supposed to last forever. New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said so in his inauguration speech last week, announcing the program would end in December.
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Maritime Security News:
This is definitely a story to watch. If former MEND militants decide to take up arms again and begin attacks on oil infrastructure, it will have a major impact on maritime trade in the region. President Buhari has his work cut out for him.