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The real power in Nigeria

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Sunday 12 April 2009

Can you please try to take a neutral stance on the case of Shell and Ken Saro-Wiwa in Nigeria (“Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions”, News, last week)? Shell does not have a majority stake in its Nigerian ventures; rather, the Nigerian government owns a 65% interest. The government does essentially nothing for the indigenous people in the region; Shell builds schools, hospitals, roads, power plants and other facilities.

This isn’t to say that Shell is perfect, but your readers have a right to know who actually owns the oil and gas and whom the security forces primarily serve.

Julius N’Sama
Lagos, Nigeria

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