In spite of being rich in oil Nigeria is in a state of collapse. Healthcare, education, transport, pensions and so on are all coming under attack. Unemployment is growing everywhere. An explosive mood is developing from below, while at the top the political leaders offer nothing but conferences, talk shops and so on. And yet it could be different, very different. It is in the hands of the leadership of the labour movement.
Millions of people are facing starvation in Niger. Are we to believe that this is another “natural” disaster, as the media would like us to? The fact is that there is food available in the markets of Niger, but the people cannot afford to buy it. Again, profit comes before the lives of the poor.
A series of very successful rallies have been taking place all over Nigeria against the fuel price hike. Here we provide the pdf format of the article we published earlier, Nigeria: Endless fuel price hikes. This was widely distributed at the Lagos rally, and we are making it available as a PDF file for anyone to print out.
Yesterday there was a
gigantic rally of protest in Lagos. The mood of anger simmering below the
surface for so long is now erupting onto the streets of the cities and towns of
Nigeria. This process marks the beginning of the end of the Obasanjo regime.
Nigeria is poised to join the many other countries where the masses have
successfully overthrown rotten regimes that are there only to serve the rich.
the end of August the Obasanjo regime in Nigeria upped the price of fuel massively. This has
provoked widespread anger among the workers and poor. Today the first of a
series of rallies is taking place. Here we publish the text of a special
leaflet produced for the occasion by the Nigerian Marxists of the Workers’
The National Question in Nigeria is probably one of the most
complicated in the world - with over 120 languages spoken, three main
ethnic groups, none of which constitutes a majority of the population,
and the religious divide between Christians in the south and Muslims in
the north. Over the past few years thousands of people have been killed
in ethnic clashes. Unless the working class can offer a way out,
Nigeria could be dragged into a bloodbath of barbaric proportions. Here
we are publishing a collection of articles from the Nigerian Marxist
journal, the Workers' Alternative, concerning this question.
Last year we publicised the plight of a group of Nigerian students who were
shot at and arrested during one of their protes.
Here one of those students describes the appalling conditions in Nigerian jails,
but he also draws inspiration from his experience to continue in the struggle to
transform society, the most noble cause anyone can dedicate themselves to.
Five years after the fall of the hated military dictator of Nigeria,
General Sani Abacha, we look at why he came to power and why in the end
the same ruling elite that had supported him was forced to intervene to
remove for fear of the mass movement that was building up from below.
We have received reports on the latest developments at the OAU in Ife,
Nigeria, from the students involved in the struggle. In spite of a
determined effort by the student leaders to stop the massive fees
increase, because of many factors, not least the totally treacherous
role of the student leadership nationally (NANS), for now the
authorities have managed to impose their measures. But this is not
going to be the end of the story.
The workers of Nigeria are once again on the move with the start of
today's indefinite general strike. This is a first report about what is
happening there. Further analysis will follow in the next few days.