Nigeria blames Gulf of Guinea nations over lack of oil security

Jan 10, 2007 01:00 AM

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Defence, Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, has blamed the inability of the member nations of the Gulf of Guinea Commission to provide security for the oil rich region for the continued presence of foreign forces in the area.
Aguiyi-Ironsi made the disclosure in Abuja while addressing participants of the National War College Course 15 at a lecture entitled: "National Defence Objectives".

The Minister also said the minerals-rich Gulf of Guinea, bordered by Benin, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, remained the area that presents the most serious challenge to the nation’s Defence Policy.
"The recent presence of some foreign powers in the Gulf of Guinea, as disturbing as it may be, has been occasioned by the incapacity of our armed forces to secure and adequately police the territory," the Minister said.

"Given the strategic importance of the region and the importance of oil and gas deposits available, if weighted against the unsteady supplies from the Middle East, is in the vital interests of the foreign powers to dominate the Gulf of Guinea at all costs, necessitating their military build up in the area," he added.

Source: Angop
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