The Reigns of Crude Oil, Politics, Poverty and Militancy in the Niger Delta Region


  • Sam A. Dede Department of Theatre Arts, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt
  • Emimeke Henry Dienye Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Education, Rivers State


The Nigerian state is currently witnessing the rise in militant activities in the Niger Delta region. The failure of government to deliver the basic “deliverables” had exacerbated the conditions in the Niger Delta region. The inability of policy makers to tame the rise of militancy in the region has necessitated the pertinent question of what factors underpin the rise of militancy in the region. In attempting to proffer answer(s) to this question, the
paper relies on the instrumentality of political economy to ascertain the correlation between crude oil, politics, poverty and the rise of militancy.