Niger Delta and the Future of its Youths


The Niger Delta has plagued by insurgency for decades, it was formerly a region comprised of established City-states, and its citizens served as middlemen during the era of Slave Trade and the Legitimate trade that followed after the abolition of Slave Trade in 1807. The Oil Rivers Protectorate as it was moniker, was later amalgamated with the Northern Protectorate in 1900s to form what  is now know as Nigeria and the leadership of Lord Lugard. However, the region has ever since remained marginalized, the federal government since after the departure of the Colonialist sought ways to further perpetuate this marginalization. Though elites such as Chief Harold Dappa Biriye with other supporting chiefs pushed for increased political participation but this effort was only rewarded with the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Board which was poorly funded. The continued underdevelopment of the Niger Delta prompted Major Isaac Adaka Boro to declare…

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