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Why Do The Niger Delta People Want Most Of The Oil Wealth ?

As a Nigerian, I find it offensive that one tribe would want to hold a nation to ransom with national oil wealth.

While I accept that there must be more aid to the region in the form of human and infrastructural development, should not the wealth be distributed equally amongst all 36 states ?

Does the land not belong to the federal government ? Since when did people start to claim a large chunk of the national pie to the detriment of others ?

I can assure you there is worse poverty in many parts of Nigeria where people are suffering. The proceeds of oil are for the entire people of Nigeria not just the Ogonis or Ijaws. Their quest for most of the oil is as a results of greed .

If I was an adviser to Yaradua ( God bless him ) I will be asking him to invest in the delta region and alleviate the poverty situation , but to make sure that this policy is spread across the board.

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The direct answer to ur question is 'because they own it'!

May i also add that we pray the likes of u never climb to any meaningful position in Nigeria as u obviously have no value to add.

An advice to u, 'take a minute and listen to urself.' Y dont u go and live in Ogoni land and lets see if ur opinion remains the same.

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Another JJC.

Please read up all the liks below, and when you're done, join me in the cooler.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-5553.0.html

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-21679.0.html

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-22829.0.html

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-3723.0.html

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-7415.0.html

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-4159.0.html

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Several years ago, when cocoa, groundnuts, etc were the main stay of our economy, the regions producing them, were entitled to 50% of the proceeds and the balance was shared between the Feds and others. Now that oil is it, the region producing the same is asking for a higher derivation of the proceeds from the sale - but not necessarily 50% as was the norm then. Otherwise, this would mean 'all animals are equal, but some are more equal, '

The squandering of the money by the regional govs have not helped matters. Just in case you were wondering, I am an Igbo from Delta and married to a Nembe from Bayelsa

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@starter of the thread,

So you are the matthew/matt on village square.

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