Published online by Cambridge University Press: 18 August 2014
The Nigerian Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which is currently being discussed in Parliament, aims at reforming the oil industry. But it also reveals the guiding forces of local politics. The PIB exposes the limitations of the state's ambitions, desire and capacity for reform, and it is strong evidence for the regional divisions and social tensions catalysing resistance against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, which is accused of ethnic bias in favour of the oil-producing areas of the Niger Delta.
I wish to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive review. Their comments were a great help in improving the manuscript. I also wish to thank for their input my colleagues at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan.