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
18 July 2018
*The election reflects mass rejection of the pro-establishment politicians and their political parties!
*NLC and TUC must commence the process of providing the working people with an independent pro-people political alternative either by forming a mass party or supporting the building of SPN into a mass party
The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, describes the outcome of the July 14, 2018, Ekiti State gubernatorial election as neither a pass mark for Dr Kayode Fayemi of All Progressive Congress, APC, nor an endorsement of Buhari/APC-led federal government. The election which was more or less a vote buying contest among capitalist political parties, especially the APC and PDP, was not only characterized by militarisation and inducement of the electorate but also reflects a mass rejection of the pro-establishment politicians and their political parties by mass of the working people in the state.
18 July 2018
Labour must start sustained campaign against casualization
For three days, starting from Monday July 9, the offices of the MTN, the biggest telecommunication company in Nigeria, nationwide were picketed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over non-unionisation and casualization of workers. In Lagos members of Democratic Socialist Movement joined the action in solidarity with the NLC and workers, urging that this must not be a one-off action but rather the start of a sustained campaign against casualization.
14 July 2018
We demand a halt to all attacks on democratic rights and restoration of independent unionism
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have reinstated the studentship of Omole Ibukun, national secretary of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) and three other activists who were suspended on 7th October 2017. Omole Ibukun and three other activists, who were reinstated on 2nd July, 2018, had been vindictively suspended for the leadership roles they played in the peaceful protests of OAU students against harsh living conditions on campus between 5th and 6th October, 2017.
This reinstatement was made possible by nine months of campaigning, an aspect of which was a call for and sending in of protest letters and appeals from supporters of democratic rights and liberty in Nigeria across the world.
11 July 2018
Important resolutions taken on building the party and its role in the 2019 general elections
The 2nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) held on Saturday, 23 June 2018. 14 NEC members and about 50 other party members including the state leaders, who were observers, from across the country gathered at the venue in Lagos to discuss the building of the party and what role it could play in the 2019 general elections.
10 July 2018
2019 POLL: SPN DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM ANY COALITION FORMED BY PDP AND 41 CAPITALIST POLITICAL PARTIES
*No government formed on the basis of capitalist philosophy is capable of offering any breakthrough for the poor masses
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) hereby disclaims the report in the Vanguard Newspaper on Saturday July 7, that it was among the 41 pro-capitalist political parties, led by the anti-poor People Democratic Party (PDP), in a coalition aimed at producing a consensus candidate to dislodge from power the inglorious regime of the Muhammadu Buhari/APC-led federal government come 2019 election.
26 June 2018
• Repeated killings across the country show that the Buhari APC government and capitalist ruling elite lack the capacity to maintain security and peace in Nigeria
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condoles with the people of Plateau state over the brutal killing allegedly carried out by herdsmen over the weekend in which at least 86 people lost their lives while many were injured and houses razed. This is one killing too many.
21 June 2018
A Rancorous First Term
If nothing goes wrong at the last minute, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) will hold its first national convention since the 2015 general elections on Saturday 23rd June 2018. But unlike the 2014 convention held in a condition of hope and enthusiasm, this convention is holding at a period of widespread popular disappointment in the government, bitter factional fighting within the ruling party and feverish re-alignment by competing sections of the capitalist ruling elite amid fears about the party's chances in next year's general elections.
For most Nigerians, struggling with daily life, the APC convention will seem a different world. Almost inevitably the convention will see many promises being made in an effort to galvanise support, but these will be met by great scepticism after the experience of the Buhari administration. Nevertheless what happens at the convention will impact on the coming months in Nigeria.
16 June 2018
ERC demands that, to ensure no Nigerian Child is left behind, Nigerian government must provide free, functional and democratically-managed public education at all levels.
On the occasion of this year’s “Day of the African Child” the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) calls for improved funding and provision of free, functional and democratically-managed public education at all levels and respect of democratic rights in all education institutions as the only way to ensure Nigeria’s teeming youth population is not left behind.
12 June 2018
The declaration of June 12 as 'Democracy Day' as against the previous May 29, and the conferment of national awards on Basorun MKO Abiola, winner of the June 12, 1993 elections, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, radical lawyer and foremost human rights activist, have given significant flavour to celebrations of the 25th anniversary this year.
At the same time for genuine change seeking elements it is important to draw out the real lessons of June 12, and the struggles to implement it, if radical change in the interests of working people is finally going to be achieved.
9 June 2018
A REJOINDER TO SAM OMATSEYE'S "LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN"
Recently, some articles were published in the Nigerian media to 'commemorate' the 200th year since the death of Karl Marx. But rather than soberly reflect on the continued validity of Marx's ideas of scientific socialism, the articles carried from subtle to bold attempts – including those authored by some who 'sympathise' with Marxism – to disparage his revolutionary thoughts as sterile diagnosis while consequently portraying him as a fanciful dreamer.
Sam Omatseye, chairman of the editorial board of the Nation newspaper, in his own appraisal of Marx captioned "Lazarus and the Rich Man", wrote: "But what was Marx's virtue? He was a great diagnostician. He knows what was wrong." However the eminent journalist in subsequent lines of his piece got the ideas of Marx wrong and stripped it of its essence.