Before it snow-balled into a full blown crisis that it is today, the Niger Delta predicament was treated with levity by the major stakeholders.
But gradually, the situation slipped out of hand, and before our very eyes, the Niger Delta region turned into a mini theatre of war, where gun running, cult activities, kidnappings, abductions, illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalization and other hitherto unthinkable crimes became the order of the day.
This piece carefully examines all the facets of the Niger Delta crisis, including the socio-cultural, economic and political dimensions of the seemingly intractable conundrum. With critical lens the author provides a clear overview of all the core issues involved in the Niger Delta crisis, bringing out aspects of the crisis which most other writers on the Niger Delta seemed to have underestimated or failed to take into reckoning.
When I took up this work, I said to myself that the aim was not to tell the world that everything is awful, but that everything is possible given the required theories and rightful application. This book is certainly written in the spirit of the possible.
The Niger Delta crises and the activities of the Niger Delta militants have caught the attention of the world, and put the Niger Delta Region, hitherto a peaceful cathedral of green, on the global radar as one of the most dangerous places in the world. To understand how and why this happened and how to reverse this trend and pull our nation from this precipice of danger, His Excellency, Engr. Patrick Ekpotu, the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, takes readers of his book titled, "LIFTING THE PERIL" on an incisive soul-searching exercise.