Since the introduction of Sharia law in the northern states of Nigeria
the plight of Nigerian women has come to the attention of the world. In
particular young women have been condemned to being stoned to death
after being charged of the "crime" of adultery. This is a particularly
barbaric aspect of class society and will only really be eradicated
together with the system that spawns it, when the workers of Nigeria
overthrow capitalism. Below we are publishing a comment on this
situation by a Nigerian Marxist.
We are continuing our series of articles on Nigerian Trade Unions
disputes. Here we make available to our readers articles from our
Nigerian worker correspondents from June 1999. These news items are
taken from the Nigerian Marxist journal, Workers' Alternative.
With this new series of articles on Nigeria we plan to publish over the
next few weeks news items on Nigerian Trade Unions disputes. We have
received a series of articles from our Nigerian worker correspondents
over the last few years and we are now making them available to our
readers. Most of the news items are taken from the Nigerian Marxist
journal, Workers' Alternative. They give a clear feeling of the militant mood of the Nigerian working class.
Last week a group of six NANS (National Association of Nigerian
Students) activists was arrested at Ondo State University, Nigeria. One
of those arrested is Dotun Ilori who suffered a slight gunshot wound as
the police opened fire on the students. This was during a two-day
lecture boycott by the students to protest the victimisation of the
students' union leaders of the university. A campaign is now under way
in Nigeria for their release. We are appealing to all our supporters,
sympathisers and readers in general to take part in our solidarity
campaign for these students.
The terrible ethnic clashes and killing of over 200 people in Northern Nigeria that erupted around the Miss World pageant have brought to the attention of the world media the national question in this impoverished African country. What was the real cause of the conflicts? Fred Weston puts the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of western imperialism and their local lackeys in Nigeria.
Due to the immense poverty and apparent hopeless situation of ordinary
working people in Nigeria many of the old superstitions still survive
today. Comrade CD in Lagos, of the Nigerian Marxist journal, Workers' Alternative explains why.
The demand for a minimum wage is key to the improvement of the living
conditions of millions of Nigerian workers. This article, from the
Nigerian Marxist journal, Workers’ Alternative, explains the issues involved. (October 2000)
In this article, the comrades of the Nigerian Marxist journal, Workers'
Alternative, examine the revolutionary essence of the music and songs
of the late Afro-beat master, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who died on August
2, 1997. The article was originally written on the first anniversary of
his death. This artist was extremely popular among African workers and
youth for the radical and revolutionary content of his lyrics.
The objective situation in Nigeria can best be described as a big time
bomb ticking at a very fast rate. The Trade Union leadership is under a
lot of pressure, as big revolts over wages and working conditions have
broken out. They are still holding back the movement qualitatively but
it is only a matter of time before it explodes on a higher level. Many
of the big companies are now directly cutting wages by as much as
40%-70%. The pressures on the lower classes are mounting by the day.
The stock exchange is always overheating. A crash is inevitable.