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I urge you to please do more to promote transparency when reporting on international oil companies' purported activities in Nigeria. The fact is that Shell, Mobil, Chevron-Texaco, Agip, etc. do not own or control the upstream oil companies bearing their names in Nigeria. They are simply minority investors and operators, taking all of the international criticism and a small amount of the profits, hoping that the country will reach its potential in the long term so that they'll be able to sell products locally. They're presently not allowed to stop the gas flaring. They're not allowed to restart the dead refineries. They're not allowed to develop the gas and electricity sectors.

Unless the world is made aware of this simple fact, many people will continue to believe that the international companies are the main problem. It's simply not true. Their activities are controlled by NNPC, which is 100 percent owned by the Nigerian government.

Without stating this essential fact early in every article you write on this matter, you will be allowing ignorance to win, just like Cheney-Bush-MassMedia did with allowing the American people to believe that Saddam was connected to 9/11.

Please step up and promote transparency.