Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 05, 2016

Bribery or extortion or politics?

Is it bribery to pay terrorists not to terrorize?

Nigeria 'resumes' payments to oil militants in Niger Delta
Nigeria's government has resumed cash payments to militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta, officials have said.

The move is seen as an attempt to curb a new attacks which have severely affected oil production in Nigeria.

The government stopped the payments in February, resulting in militants accusing it of breaching an amnesty deal negotiated in 2009…

"Payments of stipends to the ex-militants resumed this Monday. The payments are done directly from the CBN [Central Bank of Nigeria] to their bank accounts," said the amnesty programme's spokesman Piriye Kiyaramo, Bloomberg news agency reports.

"The payment also includes tuition for those studying abroad," he added.

Under the amnesty deal, each militant is entitled to 65,000 naira ($203; £153) a month and job training.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power last year, announced plans in this year's budget to reduce funding for the programme by 70% amid allegations of widespread corruption…

Critics accuse Mr Buhari, a Muslim northerner, of unfairly targeting communities in the southern, mainly Christian oil-producing regions, as part of his anti-corruption drive. He denies the allegation.

Mr Buhari's predecessor Goodluck Jonathan comes from the Niger Delta region…

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