Chinese mining bosses are funding Nigerian militant groups in order to secure access to the country’s mineral reserves,
Well, maybe, Probably the other way around, the militias are charging rents to the Chinese in areas they control. But, you know. This:
In one pocket of Zamfara, researchers found, interaction with militants runs so deep that some serve as runners for Chinese miners who have spread throughout Nigeria, controlling digs for gold. The country has some of the largest gold reserves in the world.
Does it? Nigeria doesn’t even appear in the list of the top 19 countries by gold reserves.
What’s he on about?
Nigeria’s gold reserves are a key factor in the nation’s economic health and strength. With an estimated gold reserves of 21.46 metric tons for 2022, Nigeria has one of the most abundant gold reserves in the world, accounting for about 5% of the global gold reserves.
Oooooh. But how much the central bank has down in the cellar has really nothing at all to do with how much is out there in the rocks now, does it?