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Socialist Democracy April - May 2003 | Index



A national meeting of the DSM took place on 23rd February, 2003. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the political situation nationally particularly the election campaign. It was also specially meant to discuss the progress that has been made towards attaining the organisation targets (paper sales, recruitment, public activities, etc) that were agreed upon at the National Committee.




The political discussion on Nigeria started off by examining the state of the nation's economy and the living conditions of the masses. It is clear that four years into civil rule, there has been no appreciable improvement in the economy and living standards. In fact, in certain sectors, the situation has worsened. According to even a recent IMF report on Nigeria, most sectors of the Nigerian economy have been in decline.

Oil prices in the world market have been comparatively high during the Obasanjo administration. Yet this has not translated into improved living standards for the overwhelming majority of the working people. This is the principal reason behind the massive disaffection against politicians and the elite parties. It also explains the enthusiasm with which a party like the NCP, which seems to offer some kind of alternative, has received by the mass of the people.

The discussions on Nigeria also underline the growing instability facing the country as the 2003 elections approach. In recent months, there has been an escalation of political violence including assassinations, the latest being the killing of a leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Marshall Harry, who had decamped from the ruling PDP.

In all branches, there is an urgent need to put all aspects of our work on a more systematic footing. First of all, we must ensure that the branches meet on a regular basis, to have political discussions and get all members involved in the work. Members need to be made to understand that only in this way can we work most effectively and make maximum gains from the election campaign.

An important area where drastic improvement is needed is paper sales. The meeting implored branches and members to remit the paper money in the next few days so that work on the publication of the next edition can commence in earnest.

The meeting also resolved that the fund-raising campaign for our activities, including the election campaign, should be intensified. As at the time of the meeting, a total of N6, 500 has been contributed as election levy by members. Fund-raising envelopes to be used to raise donations from our sympathizers, friends, neighbours, relatives and others were distributed to branches at the meeting.

The meeting resolved that the next national meeting should take place on Sunday, 23rd March, 2003. It also decided that the next edition of paper should be published by 16th March, 2003.




Socialist Democracy April - May 2003 | Index