In May Obasanjo, the President of Nigeria, imposed a state of emergency on Plateau State, removing the local state governor. The measures were taken after serious ethnic conflicts erupted in the area, but behind all this lies a more sinister agenda. The central government is preparing the ground for more bonapartist measures, that are ultimately aimed against the labour movement.
On June 9 the workers of Nigeria embarked on yet another general strike. Two days later it had already been called off. There is a stalemate situation that has developed between the classes that must be resolved one way or the other. For the workers to come out on top they need their own party.
In just four years since the year 2000, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called mass strike action 7 times. Repeatedly the leaders of the NLC have let down the workers. It is time to move on. Ther wokers of Nigeria need a fighting trade union leadership and their own party. Workers’
Alternative Editorial Statement.
If the rate of US$2 per day is used to measure the poverty level, the percentage of those living below the poverty line in Nigeria stands at 90.8 percent of the population. At the same time the country has a foreign debt of $32.9 billion, on which it pays annually close to $3billion in interest. The imperialists together with their local lackeys, the Nigerian ruling class, are literally sucking the blood of the Nigerian masses.
The price of crude oil has broken through the $50 barrier. A series of
events have contributed to this, the latest being the crisis in the
Niger Delta in Nigeria, where Ijaw rebels are threatening to attack oil
pipelines. These events are merely the extreme expression of a more
widespread crisis that Nigeria is facing.
The price of fuel has been increased by 25% and the Nigerian unions
have called a general strike for Monday, October 11. The logical next
step is for the unions to call for the resignation of the government
and for them to build their own party and challenge for power.
The leaders of the NLC have confirmed the strike is going ahead today.
Saturday’s arrest and injury of Adams Oshiomhole, President of the
Nigerian Labour Congress, is an indication of the tension building up.
After last week’s general strike in Nigeria the leaders of the Nigerian
Labour Congress (NLC) gave the government until October 27th to come up
with a reasonable proposal on the price of fuel, otherwise the strike
would resume. The leader of the NLC, Adamas Oshiomhole, has said that
in such a secenario the unions would make the country “ungovernable”.