Socialist Democracy: May-June, 2015 Edition BUHARI: Can Buhari Government Meet the Aspiration of the Working Masses? By Peluola Adewale The Financial Times’ William Wallis ranked the March 28 Presidential Poll in Nigeria as one of the “most significant political events on the continent since the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa brought an end to white majority rule”.
MAY DAY 2015 AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD For a Fighting Trade Union Movement and a Mass Working People Party By Kola Ibrahim The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) felicitates with Nigerian workers as they celebrate this year’s May Day. We identify with the struggles of Nigerian workers for better living and working conditions. We enjoin workers, their unions and labour
SEASON OF UNPAID SALARIES, PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES: A foretaste of more attacks to come! By Abbey Trotsky On Monday, 1 December, 2015 the Guardian newspaper captured the lamentation of a worker in Benue State over non-payment of salary arrears as follow: “You journalists should help convey our plight to the governor. As you can see, it is four months now
GOVERNANCE GRINDS TO A HALT IN OSUN By Alfred Adegoke, Osun State Chair, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) It is no gainsaying that the Governor of Osun State Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has ground governance to a halt since August 9, 2014 when he was re-elected for a second term in the Osun State gubernatorial elections. Since then, he has sacked
CRIN IBADAN: One Year of Campaign for the Reinstatement of the Sacked 95 Workers! CDWR Solicit For More Support And Solidarity By A.O.Babajide On January 24, 2015 it was exactly a year, 95 staff (not casual workers) of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan had been arbitrarily sacked by the Prof. Akoroda-led management of the institute. The reason for
GREECE: Not a Single Step Back Conflict Between Syriza Government And EU Escalates Statement by the Editorial Board of Xekinima (CWI Greece) Feb. 8, 2015 Syriza’s first days in government have brought back, at last, smiles, optimism and pride to millions of workers in Greece. The new government’s public commitments and the first steps for the restoration of minimum wage
SOUTH AFRICA: Cosatu Splits As Vavi Is Expelled Expulsion Opens New Chapter In Working Class Struggle WASP (Workers’ and Socialist Party) reporters Twenty years of class collaboration as part of the Tripartite Alliance has finally produced an irreversible split in the Cosatu trade union federation. On 30 March, Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) expelled general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, a vocal
CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT: What Gains For The Working People? By Ayo Ademiluyi Recently, the National Assembly approved the verified amendments from the States’ Houses of Assembly in the final move for the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since 1999. It will be necessary for socialists and genuine working class activists to assess the constitutional amendments
AFTER A DECADE OF PROSCRIPTION, UNILAG HOLD STUDENTS’ UNION ELECTION By Ilesanmi Samson Bunmi (ERC, UNILAG Branch Ten years after, the University of Lagos Students’ Union (ULSU) has been restored. The union was banned in 2005 following students’ protests against University administration’s anti-poor policies. Between then and now, the University administration had kept up a false semblance of students’ democratic
TEACHERS’ PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS: NUT Must Struggle For Improvement By Victor Osakwe As the winners have emerged from the 2015general elections both at the federal and state levels, it is necessary for teachers all over the country and indeed the working class to look thoroughly at their situation and place demands for improvement on those that will run the
PENSIONERS SUFFER IN AN OCEAN OF WEALTH Labour must Wage Struggle for Living Pension By Emmanuel Adikwu The gulf between the pension of retired workers and that of political office holders is unimaginably wider than what any poor, but conscious Nigerian could imagine. Vast majority of the poor toiling masses and pensioners survive on less than 2 dollars per day,
THE POLY IBADAN SHOULD RECALL SUMBO BADMUS NOW! Call for Solidarity Actions By Ogundele Michael (ERC National Secretary) Comrade Sumbo Badmus, the Secretary of the Polytechnic of Ibadan branch of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and HND II Student of the department of Business Administration has been suspended for two semesters (one academic session) by the management of the polytechnic.
2015 ELECTIONS: RULING PARTY CRUMBLES IN HISTORIC ELECTION But Only Mass Struggle Can Guarantee the Interests of Workers and Poor Masses under Buhari’s Presidency By National Executive Committee(NEC), Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) The March 28, 2015 election was without doubt a major turning point for Nigeria. For the first time in the country’s 55 years existence as an independent country,
Uche Dike: A Socialist and Working Class Fighter Gone too Soon DSM Ajegunle Branch Uche Dike – photo DSM At about noon on Friday March 20, 2015, family members gave the heartbreaking news of the death of their son Uchenna Dike, aged 31, to the members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Ajegunle branch – an organisation that he had
NLC DELEGATES CONFERENCE OUTCOME TRIGGERS SPLIT IN THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT BUILDING A FIGHTING AND DEMOCRATIC TRADE UNIONISM IS THE ONLY WAY TO HALT GROWING DEGENERACY Updated DSM press statement issued on March 20, 2015 Many trade unionists and workers and change-seeking elements will look with dismay at the divisions that have opened within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), particularly
Boko Haram’s Allegiance to ISIS: Propaganda or Real Threat? H.T Soweto The Nigerian Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, has now formally become an Affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). For some time now, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau had been making overtures to ISIS leader, Abu – Bakr al – Baghdadi, in audio and video messages.
OAU Authorities Should Reinstate Victimized Student Activists The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Osun State Chapter hereby calls on the authorities and Prof. ‘Tale Omole-led administration of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to reinstate six (6) student activists currently under politically motivated suspension. Five of these student activists: Olubanji Oluwole, Adabale Olamide, Adewumagun Johnson and Sanyaolu Adejuwon were
SPN Registration: The Matter Adjourned to May 21 for Amicable Settlement Out of Court By Dimeji Macaulay SPN members including National Chairperson at a brief demo at the court prermises – photo DSM The legal suit of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came up at the Federal High Court Abuja on