Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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SPN BLAMES THE FAILURE OF CAPITALISM AND THE BUHARI GOVERNMENT FOR THE SCARCITY OF PETROL AND CASH

TIME FOR MASS ACTION TO RESIST THESE ATTACKS The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the ongoing socio-economic hardships imposed on working people by the Buhari-led government and calls for mass resistance to reverse the situation. At present, it is extremely difficult for ordinary people to access cash (banknotes) for their daily transactions, something that has compounded the already terrible

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Ajegunle residents continue opposing exorbitant electricity bills and organise mass protests against mass disconnection

Residents Demand a Reduction in their Electricity Bills and Affordable Electricity Tariff Residents of Tolu area of Ajegunle, Lagos, are presently involved in a mass struggle triggered by December 2022 electricity bills that are crazily high. Some compounds were billed more than N100,000 and this is a community dominated by working class people and the poor masses. Rather than dialogue

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CDWR CLAMOURS FOR TRADE UNION LEADERSHIP THAT DEFENDS THE INTEREST OF WORKERS AND THE POOR MASSES

WORKERS AND TRADE UNION ACTIVISTS MUST STRUGGLE FOR A FIGHTING AND DEMOCRATIC TRADE UNION LEADERSHIP Workers and the poor masses have always been at the receiving end of the various callous capitalist policies implemented by successive governments. But the situation has got much worse under the Buhari government. More disheartening is the fact that many state governments are yet to

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ELECTRICITY STRUGGLE AND OPPOSING ARRESTS IN AJEGUNLE

Before the illegal police arrest and detention of Mr. Joseph and four female community activists on January 25, 2023, residents of the Ajegunle communities from Tolu up to Wilmer had been organizing public meetings to build up mass resistance against estimated crazy billing and poor electricity supply. By Ajegunle DSM reporters Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKODISCO), the privately-owned energy distribution

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SANWO OLU, TINUBU OR ANY OF THE CAPITALIST CANDIDATES DOES NOT DESERVE WORKERS’ SUPPORT

NLC AND TUC SHOULD BUILD A MASS WORKING PEOPLE PARTY Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) strongly condemns the Lagos State leadership of both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over their endorsement of Governor Sanwo Olu and Bola Tinubu who is running for President, both on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress

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AJEGUNLE ELECTRICITY PROTEST ARRESTS

WE DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL DETAINED PERSONS AND AN END TO OUTRAGEOUS AND UNJUSTIFIABLE ELECTRICITY BILLS UPDATE Thursday January 26 – all those arrested have now been released, and the struggle against crazy billing continues.  On Wednesday January 25, 2023,  community people, mostly women and youths in the Tolu area of Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos led by

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Ibadan Poly – ERC supports students’ agitations against hostel refusal fee hike and calls for their immediate scrapping.

**Workers’ unions and students within the institution must be united in a struggle for proper funding and democratic control of the institution The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) commends the mass of students in the Polytechnic of Ibadan, who were led by the leadership of their Students Union in the early hour of Monday, 9th January, 2023 in a protest against

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ERC CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF HIKED FEES AT NOUN AND SCRAPPING OF HOSTEL REFUSAL FEE AT THE POLYTECHNIC, IBADAN

* Pledges Solidarity to students protesting fee hike and education commercialization * Demands Improved funding of public education at all levels  The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemn in strong terms the recently released publication by the management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) stating an increment in the school fees for undergraduate and postgraduate students offering different programs

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CHALLENGES OF UNIONISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

TRIBUTE TO COMRADE OLUSEYE ERO-PHILLIPS, CHAIRMAN SSANU, LASUSTECH ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE SERVICES OF THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT Presentation by Comrade Hassan Taiwo Soweto, National Coordinator, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) I bring fervent and heartfelt solidarity from the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) to the celebrant in whose honour we gather here today – our own dear comrade

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GRUESOME XMAS-DAY MURDER OF BOLANLE RAHEEM BY A POLICE OFFICER SHOW POLICE BRUTALITY IS FAR FROM OVER!

* We Demand Democratic Probe and Diligent Prosecution of the Murderer * Reforms are not enough; disband the Neo-Colonial and Oppressive Nigerian Police Force The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) strongly condemns the murder of Mrs. Bolanle Raheem, a Lagos-based legal practitioner, who was killed by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Drambi Vandi attached to the Ajah police division, on Christmas

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NLC PICKETS COMPANY TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR WORKER WHO LOST AN ARM DURING WOKRPLACE ACCIDENT

On Monday 5th December 2022, the Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) joined members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State Council, to picket SPRING SEEDFEED Limited over a factory accident injury and generally the precarious working conditions in the company. SPRING SEEDFEED produces animal feeds and is located at 2, Rasaq Shonubi, Ipotoba, Itamaga, Ikorodu in Lagos

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DSM HOLDS NC TO PREPARE FOR 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS AND BEYOND

About 38 comrades turned up in Lagos on Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th December 2022 at the National Committee (NC) meeting of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), while in addition 6 comrades participated via zoom link. The first day was devoted to developing perspectives for Nigeria and the world relations while the second day discussed building, recruitment plans and finance.

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2022 – Nigeria’s Collapsing Education System

The enslavers of the past and those of today know that education is key to liberation. It is a reason they try as much as possible to refuse the education of the enslaved/oppressed. While laws were openly enacted to prevent the education of the enslaved in the past, as is the case in the era of slavery in America, enslaved

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WE REJECT THE GBAJABIAMILA STUDENT LOAN BILL

IT IS A CAMOUFLAGED FEE INCREMENT BILL FOR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) calls on Nigerian students, education workers’ unions, the labour movement, and the generality of Nigerians to reject the Students Loan (Access to Higher Education) Bill which was recently passed by the National Assembly. Arguing in favor of the bill, the sponsor, Femi Gbajabiamila

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2023: No Genuine Alternative Amongst all the Capitalist Candidates

Only a Mass Workers’ Party with Socialist Program can Save Nigeria Given the seeming perpetual decline in the living conditions of the majority of Nigerians in the last seven and half years of the Buhari/APC government, it will be expected that many Nigerians will want to use the 2023 elections to punish the ruling politicians and parties and seek for

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COLLAPSE OF 4 DISCOS AND THEIR TAKEOVER BY GOVERNMENT INDICATES AN OBVIOUS FAILURE OF POWER PRIVATISATION

Renationalisation of the Power Companies Under Workers and Consumers’ Democratic Control is the Way Out The fact that four Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) failed and others are being kept afloat by the incessant bailout and public intervention funds clearly prove the futility and failure of the privatization program. The federal government and banks recently took over Kano DISCO, Kaduna DISCO,

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JAPA PHENOMENON REFLECTS THE WORSENING OF NIGERIA’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRISIS

• Only Mass Struggle for a Better Nigeria and Socialist Alternative can Stop Mass Emigration Immediately after the news of the brutal massacre of protesters at Lekki Toll Gate by men of the Nigerian Army broke, increasing numbers of Nigerian youths who had just been freshly radicalized by the ground-shaking #EndSARS protests that were being repressed had one chorus –

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COMMERCIAL DRIVERS EMBARK ON STRIKE IN LAGOS AGAINST EXTORTION

For a Democratically Controlled Union or Association of Drivers to Defend Members’ Welfare Commercial bus drivers in Lagos under the auspices of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association (JDWAN) went on a seven-day strike beginning from Monday October 31 over extortion and attacks by motor park thugs popularly known as “agberos”. By Chinedu Bosah, Publicity Secretary, CDWR For many years now

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BRAZIL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Bolsonaro Defeated But the Struggle is Not Over

In the tightest presidential election ever in Brazil, the far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro was narrowly defeated by the veteran candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT), Luiz Inácio da Silva, popularly known as Lula. Lula scraped to victory taking 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. Lula won 59 million votes to Bolsonaro’s 57 million. Brazil is now a highly polarised

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WHAT IS MARXISM? An Introduction

This article was published in April 2022 in Socialism Today, the monthly journal of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) as one of the content of five new Introduction to Marxism pamphlets. They are based on a series first printed in 2003 but take into account the context of the present period, and a fresh approach has been taken