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BRUSSELS - Nigeria's federal system is so deeply flawed and its politicians are so corrupt that Africa's most populous country and largest oil producer is at risk of being destabilised, an International Crisis Group report said.
The group's study, "Nigeria's Faltering Federal Experiment", warned that unless the nation's leaders addressed "the underlying issues of resource control, equal rights, power sharing and accountability, Nigeria would face an internal crisis of increasing proportions".
The "failure of political leadership at every level", the report said, has contributed to rising violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, inter-communal conflict in Plateau state and the emergence of numerous ethnic militias and separatist movements wrongly dismissed by the government as gangs of common bandits.
Rife with corruption, Nigeria is preparing for the first transfer of civilian presidential power in an election scheduled for April.
The crisis group's report is particularly critical of Nigeria's federal system, which has sparked dangerous rivalries between the central government and the states over natural resources, encouraged bitter struggles between interest groups bent on siphoning off the state's wealth and allowed the growth of inter-ethnic violence.
The resources problem is most critical in Niger Delta, which has made Nigeria the sixth-largest oil exporter in the world.
The failure to distribute oil revenue equitably has pushed ethnic- rights movements to violence.
"Since January the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and other armed groups have waged an increasingly violent campaign against the federal government and foreign oil companies . shifting from high-profile kidnappings of foreign oil workers to more deadly activities, including car bombings," the study said.
Under Nigeria's constitution, the central government is the sole proprietor of the country's natural wealth and has the power to redistribute income as its sees fit.- Sapa-AFP