Horace Campbell, professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University. He has written extensively on African politics. He wrote the article, "The Menace of Boko Haram and Fundamentalism in Nigeria," and is working on a book about U.S. militarism and African independenc
HORACE CAMPBELL: Nigeria is by far the most dynamic force in Africa. And what everyone fears at the moment is the mobilization of the Nigerian people as the people mobilized in Egypt, or the people mobilized in Burkina Faso, to remove corrupt elements. So, there is a merger of forces of exploitation in Nigeria. Militias are being used against the people. The humiliation, violation, and exploitation of women has reached the most obscene levels, and the accumulation by the Nigerian political class – 40% of the oil wealth from Nigeria is siphoned off by that political class.
The Boko Haram struggle is a struggle about who will control the billions of dollars — 10,000 barrels of oil per day that is siphoned out of Nigeria. The United States government have the information about bunkering, about exportive capital, about financing Boko Haram. The United States government used that information selectively in order to get what they want from the Nigerian government.
Forty years ago, the President of Nigeria, Martella Mohammed, was called by Henry Kissinger when the Nigerians supported the Angolans and Cubans in southern Africa. And the Nigerians were very important at that point to tell Henry Kissinger, go to hell. Martella Mohammed, the president of Nigeria, was killed after that, because Nigeria was not going along with what the United States want. We need a movement here to expose the collusion between the United States, the oil companies, and the political class, who use elements such as Nigeria and Boko Haram to destabilize Nigerian society.