Troops struggled to crush an Islamist sect in northern Nigeria Wednesday as the death toll from four days of clashes surged past 300 and thousands of people were forced from their homes.
In the rush for unexploited natural resources, Africa is fast becoming the new Middle East.
And various countries are looking to prop up any governments - no matter how corrupt they might be - to protect those assets for themselves.
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on 7 June, 2009:
"President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria, halfway through his presidential mandate, has undermined the country's foremost anti-corruption body, done little to rein in an abusive police force, and failed to address the root causes of the escalating crisis in the Niger Delta, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Yar'Adua that there have been serious setbacks during the first two years in addressing Nigeria's chronic human rights problems and endemic corruption."