This year marks the fifth anniversary of the first edition of the Workers' Alternative,
the Nigerian Marxist journal. It has not been easy keeping the banner
of genuine Marxism flying in the conditions that prevail in Nigeria but
the comrades have kept going thanks to the support and encouragement
from their numerous supporters and readers, inside and outside Nigeria.
Now to mark the anniversary they are making an appeal for more support.
The OAU University authorities are trying to stalemate negotiations
with the student union, further enraging the mass of students. Keep
sending in your protest messages. Today we received important protest
message from Greek trade unionists and youth and from the Spanish
School Students' Union. By Isiaka Adegbile, one of the victimised
The need for clarification on what has been happening at the OAU (Ife, Nigeria)
is very urgent considering the level of propaganda and outright lies and
distortions that the authorities have been churning out to the international
community. Here we are publishing a reply from the students involved in the
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