The Battle for Nigeria

As controversy surrounds Nigeria’s recent presidential elections, the United States cannot afford to ignore the West African giant’s problems.

Issue: Mar-Apr 2007

WITH AROUND 36 billion barrels of proven petroleum reserves-the largest in Africa and the eighth largest in the world-Nigeria is America's fifth-largest supplier of oil. In 2006, the United States imported an average of 1,139,000 barrels of oil per day from the West African country, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. By comparison, third-ranked supplier Saudi Arabia sold us a daily average of 1,456,000 barrels.

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