Landscape of Insecurity: The Intricacies of Environmental Changes in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Niger Delta Region



The pollution of the Niger Delta environment by the activities of multinational corporations has led to a campaign for environmental justice by local people whose sources of livelihoods have been adversely affected. Overtime, the local people’s campaign has shifted to violent actions and criminal activities such as pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering, among others. Exploring the cultural issues that undergird complex environmental changes and dysfunctional social conflict sheds light on the role of local actors within environmental problems: the main thrust of the agitations in the Niger Delta. It also raises crucial issues about the future trajectories of struggles for environmental justice in the region.

Author Biography

Abosede Obowumi Babatunde, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Abosede Omowumi Babatunde holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and currently lectures at the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. She is the author of “Oil, Environmental Conflict and the Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta.” Her research interests include conflict resolution with an emphasis on traditional models of conflict resolution, resources governance, human rights and security, peacebuilding, and gender.