Mujahid Dokubo-Asari

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    Saro-Wiwa in 1990, and nonviolently advocated to increase the financial benefits of oil production for residents of the Niger Delta, while decreasing the environmental costs. While the MOSOP was successful in causing Shell to stop production in the area, Saro-Wiwa and eight of the other leaders of the group were executed by the military in 1995. As conditions have worsened and the issues have progressed, violence has become more prevalent in the Delta. In 2004, the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force threatened to declare war on the Nigerian government. The president offered them amnesty and a monetary bribe if they turned in their weapons and called off the potential “war,” and even though the NDPV agreed, their leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, was later arrested, and was imprisoned for several years. Many of the militias, groups, and gangs in the Delta focus on violent acts, such as kidnapping foreign oil workers and destroying oil-processing plants, to get attention. Militant groups are often made up of young men who are dissatisfied with their situations, and who are unable to find work. These individual groups are often each specific to one individual town or ethnic group, and they often focus on trying to extort short-term funds from the oil producers to make up for the fact that they are not receiving compensation from the government. Recently, a new, more sophisticated group, known as MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) has…

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    Moral panic can be defined in many different ways. One way where “Moral panic” can be better understood is by defining it as a concept as panic, fear, morals and/or “a state intervention greatly exceed the objectives threat posed to society by a particular individual or group” (Bonn Scott, Psychology today). It can also be defining as ideology of what’s wrong and and right beliefs. Like discussed in class, moral panics can be presented in both ideology and social justice. Although Professor…

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