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Unformatted text preview: groups without whose support the organization would cease to exist.” This definition would seem to hold doubly true considering that the Nigerian government was the majority stakeholder. Though it is arguable that Shell would most definitely have been able to influence the Nigerian government, it could have been a self ­sacrificial act for a cause that was too external to the Shell Corporation or any conduct that they had been involved in. Our deontological and consequential ethical evaluation of Shell Oil in Nigeria exposes the extreme complexities inherent to multinational corporations such as the Royal Dutch/Shell Corporation. Unfortunately these complexities are often missing from the majority of journalism and are replaced with that author’s implicit judgment. In fact, Boatright offers an example in his Shell Oil in Nigeria. In the second sentence of the case study Boatright writes, “The Nigerian junta, headed at the time by General Sani Abacha, was criticized worldwide for bringing trumped ­up charges against Saro ­Wiwa and fourteen co ­defendants in order to suppress a resistance movement that had criticized the operations of Shell Oil Company in the oil ­rich Ogoniland regian of Nigeria.” Whether or not this sentence was intended to influence the reader is debatable, however it does draw a misleading tie between the Shell Corporation and Saro ­Wiwa’s arrest. An arrest which was for his alleged involvement in the murdering of Ogoni chiefs. Without this strange, and rather...
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