U.S. Oil Companies, the Nigerian Civil War, and the Origins of Opacity in the Nigerian Oil Industry

Klieman, Kairn A.
June 2012
Journal of American History;Jun2012, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p155
Academic Journal
The article discusses the impact of the Nigerian civil war in the 20th century on the Nigerian petroleum industry as well as the involvement of U.S. petroleum companies in Nigeria. The article states that the period of the civil war created the structures, policies, and political relationships that created what the author terms Nigeria's oil curse. It examines a tax controversy involving U.S. oil companies and the leadership of Nigerian military governor Yakubu Gowon and secessionist leader Emeka Ojukwu concerning the petroleum industry.


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