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Nigeria hits a rough patch as oil producer after missteps

A series of missteps threaten to unseat the country's place as a prime oil producer

For years Nigeria's oil sector has seemed destined to be consumed by violence, environmental degradation and the corruption that has plagued its industry. All the while, the country has remained the largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, a central player in Opec and a key supplier to the US for nearly two decades. But the industry has rarely faced a more troubling outlook. Policy missteps, persistent security threats, surging levels of oil theft, stagnant output and investment, the rise of US tight oil and a host of other problems have left Nigeria struggling to find its place in the shifting global energy landscape. A potent symbol of the industry's malaise has been the failure to pas

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