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Shell Oil and the Exploitation of Nigeria Nigeria has been a country in political turmoil for a long time The country was created in 1914 under British colonial rule and at that time it was considered a protectorate It was not until 1960 that Nigeria received independence from the United Kingdom One of Nigerias problems politically is that it has over three hundred different ethnic groups The three largest of these are the Hausa-Fulani Igbo and Yoruba At the time of the independence of Nigeria it was split up into three states with each state being under the control of one of the major ethnic groups The natural resources of the other 297 ethnic groups were exploited for the major three groups creating a situation of political unrest This resulted in a military coup detat throwing out the Prime Minister and replacing him with a major Igbo General The minorities wanted a political restructuring through states and they won There was an Igbo secession from Nigeria forming Biafra in Eastern Nigeria including the Ogoni territory A three-year civil war broke out after this over the natural resources held by the minorities especially the oil in the Ogoni territory After this Nigeria went through several forms of Military governments and a public election in 1993 was considered null and void by Gen Babangida he was taken over by Gen Abacha in 1993 who was to be by far the most horrid dictator of Nigeria yet The plight of the Ogoni people has been heard around the world they number around 500000 and live in an area very rich in crude oil Shell and other companies have drilling operations in the Ogoni territory but Shell is by far the major extractor of oil in the region Do to the drilling and spillage of massive amounts of oil the ecosystem of the Ogoni people has been devastated It resembles a wasteland with little to no vegetation
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