Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
Newspaper of the DSM
February 23, 2006
By Segun Sango,General Secretary, Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
Coming less than six months after the untimely death of Chima Ubani, a steadfast labour and working class fighter, Beko Ransome-Kuti's death at this point in time represents a double tragedy for all those struggling for permanent improvement in working masses' living standard and political freedom.
February 23, 2006
A symposium organised by Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) as part of activities lined up for the burial ceremony of Beko Ransome Kuti was held on Thursday, February 23, 2006 in Lagos.
23rd December, 2005
Lagos State National Conscience Party
On Monday December 19 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, gave a directive that additional 6,000 police officers be deployed to Lagos State. This decision according to President Obasanjo became necessary because of the deplorable security situation in the former Nigerian capital. Ipso facto, this deployment is expected to curb the high rate of crimes in the state and make the nation’s commercial hub attractive to investors.
December 22, 2005
LABOUR MUST IMMEDIATELY COMMENCE MASS MOBILISATION OF RANK AND FILE WORKERS AND YOUTHS IN THE COMMUNITIES
We in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) fully support the demand of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for an immediate increase in the minimum wage, which is already long overdue. We call on the NLC to reach out to other Labour centres (TUC and CFTU) with whom they should together immediately evolve a comprehensive programme of action around which the rank and file workers and pro-labour organisations and activists will be mobilised to achieve this well deserved goal.
December 15, 2005
The fatal air crash and third in two months involving a Sosoliso Airline DC 10 flight 1145 from Abuja to Port Harcourt on December 10 at the Port Harcourt Airport in Rivers State, killing 109 passengers and crew members on board, with one survivor, is another clear pointer that the aviation industry is in a very bad shape. Among those who died were 71 students of Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja who were returning home for their Christmas holiday.
September 21, 2005.
DSM PRESS STATEMENT
The Rivers State Police Command yesterday, Tuesday, September 20, 2005 arrested and subsequently flew to Abuja Mujahid Dokubo Asari, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) in connection with a threat credited to the President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Jon Jon Oyinfie, that the British investments and citizens might be attacked in Nigeria if Governor Diereye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa state arrested and being quizzed by metropolitan police in London over alleged money laundering is not released.
July 25, 2005
An Open Memorandum To The National Assembly Concerning The June 30, 2005 Paris Club Deal
June 23, 2005
G8 AND AFRICA’S DEBT CRISIS
By Pelad, DSM Nigeria
On the front burner at the meeting of the eight most advanced economies, G8, holding in Gleneagles Scotland, on July 6-8, is the crushing debt stock of Africa, put at $300 billion. In fact, Tony Blair and his heir apparent to Downing Street, Gordon Brown, have recently put on the garbs of the champions of Africa’s campaign to be rid of debt burden.
April 7, 2005
DSM Press Release
HIKE IN PETROL PRICE:
The first post-Labour Act hike in petrol price recently and secretly effected by the Federal Government is a call to action and another test of the political will of working class movement in Nigeria to resist the tyranny of Obasanjo’s anti-poor dictatorship.
1 April 2005
OBASANJO’S ANTI-LABOUR LAW:
If there is still any doubt on the anti-people intention of the Obasanjo government in the pursuit of neo-liberal policies or its disrespect for democratic rights of workers, the new trade union law just promulgated should have removed such. The law is undemocratic, anti-worker, anti-people, vindictive and draconian. We of the Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM, condemn the reprehensible law and call on the all the labour centres, NLC, TUC and CFTU to set up processes and actions to defeat this anti-worker, anti-people law.
31 March 2005
N55M BRIBERY SCAM:
On 22 March, 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo in a surprise nationwide broadcast accused some top government officials of corruption. He specifically cited Senate President, Adolphus Wabara and Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji involvement in a N55m bribery. Others cited in connection with this alleged scam are senators Ibrahim Abdullaziz, Chris Adighije, John Azuta Mbata, Emmanuel Okpede and Badamasi Maccido, honourables Gabriel Suswan, the chairman of House of Representatives committee on appropriation, Shehu Matazu, the chairman of House committee on education, Osita Izunaso, Prof. Peter Okebukola, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Jude Njoku, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, FUT Owerri. For a good measure, the president informed the nation that all the indicted persons will be prosecuted.
8 March, 2005
Democratic Socialist Movement statement
For a host of reasons, the on-going national political reform conference represents the most topical political development of the day.
Minus feeble and incoherent opposition by a few members of the capitalist class across the country, the overwhelming majority of the capitalist class appeared, for once, to be united over this major political development.
8 February, 2005
Democratic Socialist Movement statement
* Labour And All Mass Organisations Should Not In Anyway Support This Obvious Farce
We in the DSM were seriously disappointed to hear the decision of the NLC Central Working Committee to participate in the entirely handpicked so-called National Political Reform Conference being organised by the unrepentant anti-poor, pro-rich capitalist government headed by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
25 January 2005
Obasanjo's "National Political Reform Conference":
To douse and rubbish the age long clamour for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference, a demand that reflects the mass dissatisfaction with Nigeria's current state and relations between its diverse nationalities and religious groups, the Obasanjo regime has concocted a very big and expensive farce called "The National Political Reform Conference".
Lagos 9th October, 2004
DSM PRESS STATEMENT
Note: Early on Saturday, October 9th, two days before a four day general strike was due to begin, Adams Oshiomhole, president of the Nigerian Labour Congress was arrested in Abuja. The day before Femi Aborisade, NCP general secretary, had been arrested. While both were subsequently released the arrest of Adams Oshiomhole particularly was, as the DSM statement below explains, part of a government campaigned aimed at intimidating both the NLC leaders and the working masses just before action began against the latest rise in domestic fuel prices.
Friday July 16
In Lagos today (Friday July 16th, 2004) at the Pa Imoudu Hall, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Secretariat, members of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Labour activists, members of civil society groups, students, National Conscience Party (NCP) activists, gathered to pay tribute to Comrade Rotimi Ewebiyi (popularly known as RE).
7th July 2004
DSM PRESS STATEMENT
SOCIALIST ACTIVISTS ARRESTED:
Today two members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Ojo Olajire (OJ) and Peluola Adewale (Pelad), were arrested by members of Nigerian Police Force at Oshodi bus stop, in Oshodi Isolo local government in Lagos State. According to the police officers who arrested them, the two DSM members were arrested for being in possession of Socialist Democracy (SD), the bi-monthly organ of the DSM.
16 June 2004
The recent countrywide, general strike and protest called by Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) has revealed, with special clarity many crucial aspects of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political situation. Many activists will have questions about what lessons can be learnt from what was the four general strike in fourth years and what should be the next steps.
9 June 2004
(1) The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) uses this medium to congratulate the Nigerian working masses on the successful prosecution of the on going general strike called by Labour and civil society organisations to protest the fresh wave of attacks on Nigerians by the anti-poor Obasanjo led PDP capitalist government viz-a-viz the unjustifiable, inexplicable and vexatious increase in price of petroleum products.
3 June 2004
OPEN LETTER TO NLC LEADERSHIP AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC
We in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcome the declaration of the ultimatum by the leadership of NLC after its NEC meeting of Wednesday June 2, 2004 that by June 9 if the prices of petroleum products are not reverted to the pre-May 2004 price levels it would call out workers for an indefinite strike.
27 May 2004
The ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria’s Middle-Belt state of Plateau that led to the declaration of a military-fashioned, but illegal, state of emergency reflects a familiar pattern of violence since the inception of civil rule in 1999, after prolonged military dictatorship.
7 June 2004
The Committee for a Workers’ International deeply regrets to announce the death in Lagos, at the age of 42, of Rotimi Ewebiyi, a leader of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in Nigeria and a member of the CWI’s International Executive Committee.
18 May 2004
PLATEAU KILLINGS: STATE OF EMERGENCY NOT THE WAY FORWARD, WORKING CLASS SOLUTION NEEDED.
1. The series of ethnic and religious killings in the Middle belt state of Plateau, that has claimed the lives of mostly working class youths and adults including aged men and women and has led to the declaration of an unwarranted state of emergency, shows vividly that the Obasanjo administration is incapable of managing the social-political affairs of the country and protecting peoples’ lives and property.
1 May 2004
LABOUR MUST DECLARE A DAY OF ACTION TO KICK-START MASS PROTEST FOR REGIME AND SYSTEM CHANGE
May 29 this year marks exactly five years since civil rule and Obasanjo led government came to power.
13 January 2004
3 December 2003 arrests
Court case comes up January 16
For the "crime" of staging a peaceful protest against the wasteful jamboree called Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which held in December, 2003 at Abuja, Nigeria, six labour and pro-democracy activists are now standing trial on January 16 at the Magistrate Court, Yaba, Lagos.
12 January 2004
For An Independent Working People's Political Alternative Now!!
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) fully supports the renewed campaign by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resume the suspended general strike/protest against President Obasanjo led PDP capitalist government, especially, its anti-poor policy of increases in the price of petroleum products under the guise of deregulation of the down stream sector of the petroleum industry.
4 December 2003
The six labour and human rights activists who were arrested by the Nigerian police on Wednesday 3 December at the rally organized in Lagos by the United Action for Democracy (UAD) were released on bail on Thursday.
3rd December, 2003
International Appeal for Solidarity from Democratic Socialist Movement
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condemns the arrest and detention of six human rights and labour activists and the dispersal of a United Action for Democracy (UAD) rally by the Nigerian Police today Wednesday, 3rd December, 2003 at Yaba, Lagos.
15 October 2003
Trade Union leaders arrested:
The Democratic Socialist Movement calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the six labour leaders who were refused bail and sent to prison custody by an Abuja magistrate court on Tuesday, 14th October 2003.
12 October 2003
At the end of September there was outrage when the government suddenly deregulated the price of fuel leading to an immediate 15% jump in prices.
The combination of this latest price rise and President Obasanjo’s silence on the issue when he gave his Independence Day speech on October 1 provoked a huge wave of anger.
Obasanjo himself was drowned out by booing when he attempted to give the official opening speech at the opening ceremony of 8th All Africa Games being held in Abuja.
8th July 2003
DSM PRESS RELEASE
POLICE KILLINGS OF PROTESTERS:
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condemns the callous killings of several innocent Nigerians and peaceful protesters by the Nigeria Police in the attempt by the Obasanjo government to quell the nationwide strike and mass protests against its 20th June cold-hearted and anti-poor hike in the prices of petroleum products.
2nd July 2003
There has been massive response across Nigeria to the general strike called by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to protest against the 54% increase in the prices of domestically-consumed petroleum products. The price of petrol was on 20th June raised from N26 to N40 per litre, diesel from N26 to N38 and kerosene from N24 to N38.
21st June, 2003
FUEL PRICE INCREASE:
We in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) strongly condemn the callous, provocative, entirely insensitive and anti-poor fuel price increase just announced by the Obasanjo regime.
1 May 2003
MAY DAY 2003
2003 ELECTIONS RESULTS:
The ongoing elections in Nigeria have confirmed, once again, that only the labour movement is capable of uniting the working people across the country and prevent the descent of the country into an ethnic and religious conflagration.
26th April 2003
On 22nd April, 2003, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the re-election of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a second term.
19 March 2003
The Coalition Against War in Iraq was initiated by student members of the DSM and involves, among others, NANS Zone D and Muslim Rights Concern. This statement was issued on March 19.
The Coalition Against War in Iraq, CAWI, is a coalition of some human rights organisations, religious groups, socialist movements, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D and individuals in Nigeria who are opposed to the planned US led war on Iraq.
21 February 2003
FOR WORKERS’ CONTROL AND PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF THE OIL INDUSTRY
The two oil workers’ unions in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday, 20th February 2003, announced the suspension of their four-day nationwide industrial action which began on Monday, February 17th, 2003 following the signing of an agreement between them and representatives of the Federal Government. More ...
For A Democratic Referendum Among Bakassi People
The 10th October, 2002 judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) conferring ownership of the oil-rich Bakassi peninsular on Cameroun has been received with shock and disbelief by many Nigerians, including ordinary working people. More ...
A DSM PUBLICATION
In this pamphlet, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) x-rays the three years of civil rule in Nigeria and looks at the likely course of events in the coming years. Most importantly, we explain what the working masses and their organisations need to do to get the country out of the precipice it is heading as a result of capitalist misrule.
29th May, 2000
Being A Statement Issued By The Democratic Socialist Movement (Dsm) On The Occasion Of One Year Of Civil Rule In Nigeria On 29th May, 2000.
2nd February, 2002
Bomb Explosions In Lagos:
24th January, 2001
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcomes the declaration by the NLC president, Adams Oshiomhole that the trade unions are considering the formation of a Labour Party.