There've been a few Nigeria related stories surfacing in the British newspapers recently. The one that caught my eye, was the British Chancellor Gordon Brown's proclamation that Nigeria was a breeding ground for religious extremists. When I heard him say it, I remember thinking, "what the heck is he on about?" But on closer examination, his source (Bono) has a point. I always shout about Nigeria's post September 11 Osama baby name craze, and the country's Taliban wannabes as reasons why Gordon Brown's claim is plausible. The Telegraph had a little write-up a couple of weeks ago.
Mark Tran of the Guardian, has written a mini-analysis of the Niger Delta's oil curse.