Nigeria And Its Impact On Nigeria

1753 Words Dec 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Nigeria was founded in 1963, after gaining independence from the United Kingdom, and adopted a federal presidential republic government. On its southern coast it borders the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of Guinea. Current President Muhammadu Buhari took power in 2015 but has been involved in Nigerian politics since the 1980s. His insights and experience really add power to his speeches when he comes out to address the issues his country is facing. The problem that Buhari has discussed often in recent years is one many other countries in the world are currently facing: how to deal with small, guerilla style terrorist groups. For Nigeria this is not just a security problem, it is an economic problem and, most importantly, an environmental problem. Nigeria has rich oil reserves, mainly located in the south of the country, and have managed to maintain control of their pipelines. This has helped the country to become the largest economy in Africa and one of the most important oil producers in the world. It is ranked 21st in global GDP and in 2015 produced 2.7 million barrels of oil. However, while Nigeria is handling some aspects of its economy very well, there are many issues that can be seen in how it handles its environment. From poaching to oil spills, the problems Nigeria faces are widespread, but often they are escalated by the increasingly noticeable and violent presence of Boko Haram. In order to truly fix the environmental problems it is facing, the government of…
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