LEADING NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S ANALYSIS, WARNINGS

January 16, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In a story first published on January 11, 2007, Nigeria’s premier independent newspaper of record, This Day, reports on the extensive research, analysis, and warnings of Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, concerning the threat of potential terrorism in the West African country.

Reporting on the attacks last week on an oil services facility in the Niger Delta state of Bayelsa, during which nine South Korean workers and a Nigerian colleague were kidnapped, as well as the kidnapping of five Chinese telecommunications workers, the article quoted Dr. Pham as warning that Nigeria could become a new theatre for terrorist activities and calling for close monitoring of trends in the country by the United States.

To read the article, “Militants Kidnap 9 Koreans, 1 Nigerian at Bayelsa Oil Base: U.S. Analyst Warns of Terrorist Activities,” by Chika Amanze-Nwachuku and Paul Ohia in Lagos and Segun James in Bayelsa, click here. It was also subsequently distributed by the allAfrica.com news service.