Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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THE ANNOUNCED PETROL PRICE HIKE IS A DRESS REHEARSAL OF WHAT IS TO COME

WORKING MASSES AND YOUTH SHOULD ORGANIZE MASSIVELY TO CHALLENGE ANY HIKE IN PETROL PRICE; PREVAIL ON NLC AND TUC LEADERSHIP TO WITHDRAW THEIR ENDORSEMENT OF DEREGULATION AND COMMENCE MOBILISATION FOR MASS ACTION It was not surprising that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced a price hike of petrol from N168 to N212 per litre on Thursday, March 11,

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TRIBUTE TO SOWORE @ 50

Only a social revolution that puts working class and the poor masses in power armed with Socialist programmes can liberate Nigeria (DSM leaflet circulated today, Saturday March 6, 2021, at “A political Symposium of the masses” with the theme: Sowore@50: Towards the liberation struggle) The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) is glad to be invited to a political programme meant to

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Labour Must Resist Fuel Price Hike and All Anti-Poor Policies

DSM WELCOMES LABOUR MARCH 10 NATIONAL PROTEST TO DEFEND THE MINIMUM WAGE AGAINST ATTACKS The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcomes the March 2nd decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to mobilize for a “national protest action” starting from March 10, 2021 against (1) the ploy by the capitalist elite to undermine the national

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Buhari, APC & PDP Have Failed

TIME FOR A MASS WORKING PEOPLE’S ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL PARTY NOW The past six years under rule of the All Progressive Congress (APC), plus that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other capitalist parties in the states they control, have brought nothing but a harvest of misery. The hope and expectation hinged on the coming to power of the APC

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REJECT ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE AND EXPLOITATIVE BILLING

For Return of Power Sector to Public Ownership but now Under Workers and Consumers Democratic Control The power privatization has deepened the power sector crises, no significant improvement has been recorded as electricity still hovers around 3,500 MW and for a population of 200 million people. There have been four tariff hikes since privatisation while the hike that was done

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RISING INSECURITY – Governments fail, Labour must act

Urgent Need for Non-Sectarian Communal Defence to Halt Killings and a Program of Struggle for Socialist Transformation One of the cardinal campaign promises of the Buhari/APC government is to end insecurity in the country. Not a few Nigerians believed that Buhari’s background as a former Military General would rub off on the country. However, almost six years into the Buhari

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RECESSION OVER BUT ECONOMIC CRISIS AND POVERTY CONTINUE

Working Masses Must Resist Capitalist Attacks and Fight for Socialist Alternative Officially Nigeria has exited recession with an anaemic 0.11 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was announced by the National Bureau of Statistics in February 2021. The economy had slipped into its second recession in four years in the third quarter of 2020 following the contraction

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Is Youthful Political Leadership a Solution to the Nigerian Crisis?

2020 was a year of the Covid19 pandemic and protests against social injustices across the world. From the farmers’ protests in India with over 250 million Indians participating in a 24-hour general strike in solidarity; to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests against police brutality in the US that garnered support in major cities across the globe. In Nigeria, the

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APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS REGISTRATION OF SPN: NEC Refusal to Obey Judgment is Undemocratic

SPN Calls for National and International Solidarity On the 10th August 2020, the five-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by Monica Dongban-Mensen in a unanimous judgment nullified the deregistration of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) and 21 other deregistered political parties and ordered Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC to relist them as recognized political parties. The judgment has rendered

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COVID-19:  Labour Must Lead Workers and the Poor to Resist Attacks on Jobs, Pays and Living Condition

Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed capitalism for having placed a greater premium on the private accumulation of capital and profit as against adequate investment in social services such as healthcare delivery services, education, food production, potable water, electricity etc. As a consequence of this failure, Nigeria economy, just like the global economy is vulnerable and entered a recession with

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TRADE UNION MOVEMENT WEAKENED BY RIGHTWING LEADERS’ STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITALIST RULING ELITE

For a Fighting and Democratic Trade Union Movement Workers have come under attacks of monumental proportion across the sectors of the economy. Casualization is being consolidated, unpaid salary regime reigns supreme, many workers have been placed on fractional salary, the right to belong to a union is trampled upon in some companies etc. On top of this the economic crisis

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WORKERS IN A WAVE OF STRIKES IN OYO STATE

NLC and TUC Must Intervene Now for Proper Coordination of the Struggle and with Solidarity Action It is an astounding paradox that workers’ strikes and agitations have begun to rise from one government establishment in Oyo State to another in the recent time, despite the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government’s claim on its priority for workers’ welfare across the state. The

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MINIMUM WAGE AND ARREARS OF SALARIES AND PENSIONS IN OSUN STATE

Oyetola/APC Government must stop the Ruse and Pay Workers and Retirees After several demands and agitations for a new minimum wage, Osun State, among some other states, reluctantly agreed to pay the minimum wage of N30, 000 without any concrete plans for the commencement of its implementation. By Abbey Falodun Using a similar style of his predecessor, Oyetola/APC Government presented

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Fighting Back – Workplace Notes

Workers in Nigeria have consistently come under immense attacks from bosses in the bid to maximize profits. Many workers are subjected to slavery conditions with poor pay and no union rights. Unfortunately, the official labour leadership usually abandons these workers.  These attacks have been intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March 2020. Over a million workers either lost their

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UI: ERC Rejects the Plan to Increase School Fees

Students Union Should Begin to Organise Students to Resist Fee Hike and Demand Reinstatement of Ojo Aderemi and Other Politically Victimised Students By Ben Taaffe, ERC UI The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) University of Ibadan branch, wishes both the new and returning students including Postgraduate students a successful and hitch-free academic session as the academic activities for a new academic session

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YRC holds Public Symposium on EndSARS Fallout and Growing Repression

About 35 participants attended a Public Symposium organised by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and the Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) held on Saturday 27 February 2021. This symposium, which held at NUD primary school, Arumoh, Ajegunle, Lagos State, was organised to discuss issues around the #EndSARS protest, Lekki killings, the escalating repression of the Buhari regime and what needs to

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SPN CONDEMNS ABDUCTION OF OVER 300 SCHOOL GIRLS AND DEMANDS EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO RESCUE THEM ALIVE

REPEATED ABDUCTIONS, VIOLENCE AND ETHNIC TENSION ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE INDICATIONS THAT THE CAPITALIST GOVERNMENTS OF APC AND PDP IN POWER AT ALL LEVELS HAVE FAILED FOR SOCIALIST CHANGE NOW! The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the abduction of at least 317 girls who are students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe town in Zamfara state. This is one

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RELEASE ALL ARRESTED YOUTHS WHO PARTICIPATED IN MEMORIAL WALK IN HONOUR OF OCTOBER 20TH FALLEN HEROES!

DROP ALL CHARGES The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) condemns the arrest on Saturday 20 February 2021 and continuous detention of youths who participated at the 120 days memorial procession of the Lekki toll plaza shooting for more than 48hours. It will be recalled that youths on Saturday 20th February 2021, organized a peaceful procession in Lagos to honour the fallen

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: New WTO Director General’s brutal neo-liberal legacy in Nigeria

For a continent often defined to the outside world by corrupt politicians, dictators and the notorious internet scammers, a success story in any legitimate endeavour elicits celebration. This explains the outpour of joy across Nigeria and Africa since the announcement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a development economist, as the Director-General designate of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). By H.T Soweto

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LEKKI TOLLGATE: YRC CONDEMN REPORTS OF BEATING AND BRUTALISATION OF ARRESTED PROTESTERS

WE DEMAND ARREST AND DILIGENT PROSECUTION OF ALL OFFICERS INVOLVED AND IMMEDIATE SACK OF THE LAGOS STATE CP, HAKEEM ODUMOSU, WHOSE CRIMINALISATION OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR THE BRUTAL CONDUCTS OF THE POLICE PERSONNEL WE CHALLENGE THE LABOUR MOVEMENT TO BREAK OUT OF ITS SILENCE IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE COUNTRY FROM SLIDING INTO DICTATORSHIP AND ANARCHY It