Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, is looking for some serious help. He’s governing what he calls a “dirt poor” country with ruthless bandits, terrorists, and smugglers overwhelming his northern and eastern parts of the country. In addition, a famine is already affecting 15 million of his citizenry, and will reach critical mass in a matter of months.
Mr. Issoufou is looking. He sees the potential and salvation his country would benefit from in the ever-present stream of potential foreign investors willing to drop massive amounts of money into his very own government’s starving budget. Petrolin, Shell, and Maersk all are chomping at the bit to develop the Niger Delta and further, but there’s a security problem, a fundamentalist problem.
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