Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis
As the crises in Nigeria worsen, foreign writers are alerting the international community to the country’s rich endowment of natural resources and its key position as a founding member of the African Union. Two of these foreign authors deserve particular attention. They are Karl Maier, with his book This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis (2002), and John Campbell, with his work Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (2011). Against the international media’s tendency to shun Nigeria because of its complexities, Maier insists, “Nigeria truly matters.”1 The outside world, he warns, ignores Nigeria at its own peril.2
Maier sees very clearly the necessity of saving Nigeria, but his reasons are inadequate. They are tailored for the profit of the outside world. In brief, Maier argues as follows: In Africa, Nigeria is the biggest trading partner of the United States. It is the fifth largest supplier of oil to the U.S. market. Nigeria can provide trade opportunities for North American and European companies. If Nigeria fails, he cautions, it could cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.3
John Campbell’s logic is similar to that of Maier.4 Campbell acknowledges the importance of Nigeria to the international community. He refers to Nigeria as the most important African strategic partner to the administration of President George W. Bush.5 But he has no illusions about the complexities ← 1 | 2 → of Nigeria. The country, he notes, is riddled with complex challenges that are difficult for Western nations to fully comprehend. At...
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