Event: keeping the peace and 'reintegration' in the Niger Delta

Event: keeping the peace and ‘reintegration’ in the Niger Delta

EICs is pleased to co-host this event at the University of Sussex. The President of Nigeria’s Special Adviser on the Niger Delta is here to talk about keeping the peace in one of the most complex environments, physically and politically, in the world.

It is just over one year on from PM David Cameron’s Anti-Corruption summit and so much has changed in the UK and Nigeria. In the UK we have experienced a referendum with surprising outcomes. Prime minister May’s Government started well but slowed after a weak election campaign and a field of Brexit entanglements. As difficult as Brexit is President Buhari’s problems can at times make PM May’s woes look quite small. Nigeria is a vast country with over 150 million people and large parts of this country have very different geographies, cultures and religions. We should not forget it is also the wealthiest country in Africa and the most ‘British’ country in Africa.
President Buhari has tackled corruption in the NNPC and as only he could the military too. His priority has consistently been anti-corruption but he has also made good on his promise to defeat Boko Haram and return the Chibok girls. Despite all that Nigeria doesn’t seem to get the credit it deserves perhaps because it is so huge and the gap between rich and poor is on a scale we can not understand. Of course, it might be helpful to have better news coverage from Africa in the UK which is not about insecurity or failure. NGOs could also do more to give us that African perspective? Transparency International’s  Corruption Perception Index is well publicised but increasingly looking mechanical and out of date. Their 2016 index shows Nigeria still at 136 out of 176 countries and measuring 28/100 points.  No change since before 2014 and the previous regime under President Goodluck Johnathon but there are changes to see in governance, investment, infrastructure, privatisation and economic diversification.
The Minister for Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed was in London last week, speaking to the BBC about the resurgence of Biafran separatists, the IPOB. Brig. Gen rtd Paul boroh is here tomorrow to talk about keeping the peace in the oil rich but mainly rural Niger Delta where youth underemployment (training and education) is at the root of their problems.
While our government is caught up in Brexit negotiations they are also quietly talking about investment and trade with Africa, more so with commonwealth countries like Nigeria. Boris Johnson was there last month.
Martin Brown

Between Agitation and Amnesty:

Sustainable Reintegration in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Brig. Gen Paul Boroh rtd.

Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Niger Delta and

Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme

Friday October 6th

4-6pm, Fulton 103

University of Sussex

Falmer, East Sussex