LONDON:December 10, 2010
“No matter your opinion about Wiki-leaks and the founder of that organization, there is little doubt that the latest revelations regarding the degree of infiltration of Royal Dutch Shell into the Nigerian government have been potentially a great service to the people of Nigeria”, John Donovan, an American based former employee of Shell has opined
Mr Donovan was reacting to recent revelations that Shell was the power maker in Nigeria and that the oil conglomerate stretches its established power in all department of the nation’s existence.
Donovan’s reaction was published in Shell on line Newsletter, reacting to latest news on Shell fron the United states.
Details of Donavan’s reaction:
“No matter your opinion about Wiki-leaks and the founder of that organization, there is little doubt that the latest revelations regarding the degree of infiltration of Royal Dutch Shell into the Nigerian government have been potentially a great service to the people of Nigeria.
The release of these documents is also a PR nightmare for RD Shell. Does anyone now believe RD Shell management about the level of their involvement in the framing and execution/murder of Ken Sara Wiwa ?
Clearly, RD Shell management knew exactly who was doing what and when. And they knew the Sara Wiwa was a target long before his arrest. Yet they did nothing, and warned no one of the governments plans. Appears like collusion to me.
And then there is the massive amount of bribery of Nigerian officials, in which Shell played a significant role. Given RD Shell’s level of knowledge of governmental affairs, those bribes most certainly were highly targeted pay-offs.
RD Shell has constantly and continuously lied to the public; its employees and the shareholders of the company about the level of corporate involvement in Nigeria governmental affairs.
Given RD Shell’s successes derived from the level of penetration in the Nigerian government, it is only natural and obvious that RD Shell management would try the same sort of thing elsewhere.
That brings to mind the Gale Norton affair and the MMS ‘sex and drugs’ scandal, in the USA, not to mention the involvement of the FBI in their cyber surveillance operations.
We only need note that that the bribery charges against Shell came after the Bush administration left office. And there there are the revelations from DoD attorneys that Shell in under investigation for espionage. My, my.
I wonder which other governments the RD Shell may have deliberately targeted and penetrated; The Irish government perhaps?
So much for RD Shell guiding business principles.
All of this gives you pause for thought, but is anyone really surprised? Be honest. I think not. My hat is off to Wiki-leaks for releasing these particular documents”.
Donovan food for thought reaction came as EMNnews continues to seek opinion about how Nigerians across the world see and perceive the recent revelations in which many claimed they would serve as eye openers for those who previously trust in Nigeria true state of Affairs.
Many claimed they were not surprised as Wikileaks revelation about Shell were opinions held in several unofficial quarters about Shell’s involvement and stronghold of the nation’s political destiny especially during the military regimes which almost ran the country aground before Democracy took over. Some
holds the believe that the turn of world events as continually revealed by Worlds watch -dog big brother website, Wikileaks may reshape Nigeria for the better.
In a swift response to questions as to what Nigeria stands to gain in the event of recent revelations and as to whether as a people we have learnt from our past, many repondents hold the believe that Wikileaks has turned to be a real blessing as its activities may reshape the conduct of many Nigerians, especially the powerful traitors who may feel the need for a change of heart in order not to endanger the life of their family in future if Wikileaks go to the archives of atrocities performed or committed against the nation by various individuals.
Flashback: How Shell manipulates Nigeria to create monumental political tragedies, By Mail , London.
Oil giant Shell has a powerful grip on Nigerian politics with staff spying for them in every government department, the latest leaked U.S. diplomatic cables have revealed.
According to documents released by WikiLeaks, the Anglo-Dutch firm’s then-top executive in Nigeria Ann Pickard boasted of how it had inserted staff in key positions and knew ‘everything that was being done in those ministries’.
Shell staff were also fearful of China and Russia gaining a foothold in the oil-rich Niger Delta, a vital component of the U.S.’ energy plans.
‘Shell and the government of Nigeria are two sides of the same coin,’ said Celestine AkpoBari, of Social Action Nigeria.
‘Shell is everywhere. They have an eye and an ear in every ministry of Nigeria.
‘They have people on the payroll in every community, which is why they get away with everything. They are more powerful than the Nigerian government.’
When asked by U.S. Ambassador Robin Sanders in October last year if Pickard was concerned by China, she said she knew their offers to Nigerian officials were not considered to be good enough but claimed she had access to correspondence between China and Russia.
‘Pickard said Shell had good sources to show that their data had been sent to both China and Russia,’ the cable said.
‘She said the (government of Nigeria) had forgotten that Shell had seconded people to all the relevant ministries and that Shell consequently had access to everything that was being done in those ministries.’
Pickard left Nigeria this year and now serves as country chair of Shell’s operations in Australia.
Shell discovered the first oil in the Niger Delta in 1956 and started pumping crude out of the swamps two years later.
It has since been the dominant oil company in the former British protectorate – and has been demonised both by environmentalists and by community activists over pollution and the delta’s unceasing poverty.
During the October conversation, Pickard said Shell was producing 663,000 barrels of oil a day – with about 900,000 barrels unable to be pumped.
Nigeria’s oil industry has seen production drop after an insurgency began in 2006.
However, production now stands at 2.2 million barrels of oil a day after a government-sponsored amnesty program last year brought fighters out of the region’s winding creeks, pushing the country back to being Africa’s top crude producer.
Companies remain concerned about militants. In a September 2008 cable, officials said Pickard asked about militants obtaining anti-aircraft guns.
She also asked what the U.S. knew about Russian firm Gazprom’s interest in Nigeria.
In another cable, Pickard also alleged that individuals close to late President Umaru Yar’Adua were demanding bribes and stealing crude from oil company pipelines running through the Niger Delta, a region roughly the size of Portugal.
Another cable recounting a February meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnny Carson and oil company executives shows the U.S.’ strong criticism of Chinese interests in the continent’s crude supply.
China is a very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals,’ the cable quotes Carson as saying.
‘China is not in Africa for altruistic reasons. China is in Africa for China primarily.’
Despite oil companies’ continued interest in Nigeria, some appear to be hesitant about Nigeria’s future growth in the field.
The same February cable quotes Andrew Fawthrop, managing director of Chevron Corp.’s Nigerian subsidiary, as dismissing Nigeria’s oil potential.
“The large fields, elephants, have all been developed in Nigeria per Fawthrop,’ the cable reads.
‘What remains are fields one-quarter to one-third the size. The same costs are involved in producing the oil but the revenue will be less because there is less oil.’
And ironically, one cable quotes Pickard explaining her hesitancy in talking to U.S. diplomats.
‘Pickard has repeatedly told us she does not like to talk to (U.S. government) officials because the (U.S. government) is “leaky”,’ the cable reads.