On May 27, the authorities there suspended five student union leaders
for a session. These measures have been taken against the students
because they have been leading a struggle against increases in
It all began when the Prof. Rogers-led university management indicated
their intention to blow up the payable fees in the university from
N590.00 to N4,500 for the old students and from N1,500 to N9,500 for
the new students. The crisis has been lingering since then.
The boss needs a rest. He goes home and locks the doors to the factory.
A fire breaks out and a hundred workers are burnt alive as they
desperately try to escape. The horror of 21st century capitalism in
Nothing good will come to the working people of Nigeria from the recent
elections. None of the main candidates stand for the interests of the
workers, the peasants, the urban poor, the unemployed, the students of
Nigeria. They represent different cliques within the Nigerian ruling
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.