Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
22 April 2019
After 30 years of dictatorship in Sudan, historic mass protests have achieved the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir in a forced ‘palace coup’ by the generals. Following this, a ‘transitional military council’ was established, with defence minister Amhed Awad Ibn Auf sworn in as president.
He is part of the old regime and a brutal army general who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur. But the protests continued, with protesters chanting: “Revolutionaries, we will continue our path!”
11 April 2019
Algeria: Bouteflika quits - No trust in the old elite and the generals! Power to the revolutionary workers and youth!
Bowing to weeks of mass protests and a deluge of workers’ strikes, Algeria’s senile and octogenarian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned on Tuesday 2 April. This news has been received with huge enthusiasm and scenes of celebration on Algerian streets. It marks a turning point in the burgeoning revolutionary struggle which exploded in February.
11 April 2019
Bouteflika, the hated president of Algeria, is gone! But the Algerian people are by no means giving up their struggle. This is despite the way the regime is constantly taunting the demonstrators, trying to frighten them and spread false information to tarnish the image of the movement. But it is because the regime is afraid of the course the movement can take.
2 April 2019
The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made good the resolution of the 12th national delegates' conference, held last February in Abuja, and embarked on a day's protest on 5th March in Abeokuta to press home the demands of the Ogun state workers. This was in spite of the threats issued by the state governor to the labour leaders. The governor had warned labour leaders to steer clear of the state else, he would disgrace them, should they proceed with the protest as planned.
The events of that day showed again the importance of workers taking action to achieve their demands.
27 March 2019
The national leadership of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) is concerned about the unfortunate turn of events at the Lagos State University (LASU) over the conduct of the students’ union elections. The actions of the LASU management via the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) during and particularly after the February 27, 2019 elections can only be interpreted as brazen encroachment on the independence of the Students Union.
26 March 2019
DEREGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES WHICH DID NOT WIN ANY ELECTIVE POST IS UNDEMOCRATIC
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) is categorically opposed to the agenda of deregistration of political parties that did not win elective seats. This policy is undemocratic and negates the principle of multi-party ‘democracy’. We call on parties, the labour movement and civil society to condemn this threat and be prepared to organize campaigns to resist it. The game plan for the ruling elite is to limit the political space to the major capitalist political parties as a means of stiffing political opposition.
25 March 2019
* We call on the labour movement to reject the planned increase in VAT, and demand full implementation of N30,000 minimum wage across the board without any odious conditions
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the reported planned increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Buhari/APC federal government. According to news reports credited to government officials, the government wants to increase VAT from the current 5 percent to around 7.5 percent. This increment, if allowed to scale through, will further worsen already high cost of living and make life more unbearable for vast majority of the working people and the masses.
18 March 2019
LASU: ELECTORAL COMMISSION CONNIVES WITH MANAGEMENT TO RIG OUT ERC MEMBER AND OTHER CANDIDATES IN STUDENTS' UNION ELECTION
The Students' Union of Lagos State University (LASU) held elections into elective positions in the students' union on 27th February, 2019. The electronic voting system adopted for the conduct of the election malfunctioned particularly in certain faculties during the process of voting. Then the electoral commission during the late evening of the Election Day announced that the election would continue the following day, in order not to subject students to uncertain security situation if the election had continued through the night. But then on the next day, February 28th, the electoral body failed to go ahead with the election claiming that and would go ahead later.
However on March 14th LASU students that the electoral commission would announce as winners those candidates leading in the first day of voting. The first day’s voting showed a close election and clearly the LASU management were concerned that students might elect a campaigning leadership.
17 March 2019
• CALLS ON WORKERS, YOUTH AND THE MASSES TO JOIN THE PARTY
• REITERATES ITS CALL FOR THE FORMATION OF A MASS WORKING PEOPLES’S POLITICAL PARTY
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) appreciates the support, donations and contributions by different groups and individuals to the election campaigns we ran in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Cross River, Osun States and Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCT). We want to specially thank trade unions, trade union activists, socialist organisations, socialist activists, pro-labour organisations, community organisations and activists, friends and collaborators for their support.
Now after the elections the SPN will continue to stand with the working masses in their day to day struggles in opposition to all capitalist attacks from the bourgeois political parties in power at all levels. The attacks in the aftermath of the elections will manifest in the form of neglect of basic infrastructure, rise in cost of living, loss of jobs, unpaid salary regime etc., and SPN will continue to join in the mobilization for resistance and fight for improvement. Most fundamentally, the SPN will continue to offer the working masses the alternative to the vicious, iniquitous capitalist system.
16 March 2019
We thank all supporters and remain committed to the defence of the working people and our socialist programme
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Oyo State is proud of its brave intervention in the governorship and state house of assembly election held in the state on the 9th March, 2019. This election which had Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye, popularly known as Abbey Trotsky, as the party gubernatorial candidate alongside four other leading members of the party as candidates for the state house of assembly election offered the opportunity to reach out to mass of working people across the state with socialist alternative including how to fight for better conditions in short and medium terms. We thank members, supporters, particularly our collaborators in labour movement, whose political and financial support made this possible.