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The Neglected Niger Delta: How Politicians Can Help Themselves (and Everyone Else)

The Niger Delta region of Nigeria has emerged from the 2015 election season with a population feeling both politically and materially wounded. Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral defeat produced an almost overnight change in patronage channels, while the continuing slump in oil prices has dramatically slowed the share of revenues to the states in the region.

These losses are keenly felt by those connected to the politically-fueled patronage and contracting chains that reach across Nigeria. Yet for many more, the sense is more of a loss of hope as aspirations tied to the outgoing administration remain unfulfilled.

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