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
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.
8 June 2018
• Sowore and radical populism
• For a 24hr Warning General Strike and Nationwide Mass Protests Now
• Only Mass Actions Can Win Demand and Implementation
• An Open Letter to Trade Unions, CSOs and Change-Seeking Individuals
31 May 2018
THE SPEECH SHOWS OBVIOUS INCAPACITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
For most Nigerians President Buhari’s May 29 speech was cheerless and uninspiring just like the previous ones. President Buhari has only succeeded in telling Nigerians what they spent money on without a coordinated plan to improve the living condition of Nigerians on a sustainable basis. Furthermore he ignored the underlying structural crisis of the country, a crisis which is getting worse, not better.
16 May 2018
Since 2012 members of Democratic Socialist Movement have participated at May Day rallies with the special May Day fliers of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), along with Socialist Democracy - the DSM paper, that articulates demands and issues of workers as well as how to fight for them. This is done side by side with the calls on workers to join the SPN in order to help us jointly build it as a mass working people party, especially given the loss of the Labour Party to corrupt, anti-poor capitalist politicians. This year's event was very significant for members of the Socialist Party of Nigeria being the first since the registration of the party following about four years of both political and legal struggles.
13 May 2018
Nigeria Perspective Resolution of the DSM 22nd Congress, April 2018
Perhaps more than any written texts could have done, the events of the past three years in Nigeria have in immeasurable ways confirmed the teachings of Marxism. For Marxists, capitalism is the root cause of inequality, economic crises and lack of development and only the overthrow of the entire system, not simply replacing one set of the ruling elite by another, is the only panacea.
In in 2015, driven by anger over the 16-year misrule of the PDP, the working masses and youth pitched their tent with the so-called progressive wing of the capitalist class represented by the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).
But the experience has been one of abysmal failure of the Buhari/Osinbajo All Progressive Congress (APC) government on the economic and political fronts despite the hope and expectation of over 15 million voters.
12 May 2018
Resolution of the DSM 22nd Congress, April 2018
Internationally, there has been much mention of economic 'recovery' but there has mean no creation of substantial, long-term jobs in much of the US, in Europe (in the East as well as the West) or in the neo colonial world. Even a reasonable upturn could help to restore the confidence of the working class and prepare the masses for struggle. In fact, this is a 'recovery' once more largely fuelled by debt, the figures for which continue to alarm the capitalist class worldwide.
The effects of this will be profound not just in advanced countries but in the neo-colonial world even, perhaps particularly, China. The US and China are now the dominant, decisive players in the world economy. Yet by not overcoming the 2007-08 crisis, and using debt to stoke the economy, the fear of another financial crash is still there and potent.
10 May 2018
Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, Oyo State Chapter, statement concerning the ongoing atmosphere of political confusion around the Council poll scheduled to hold on May 12, 2018 as well as our stand on whether the election should hold or not.
"As of now (May 10) we are yet to given a copy of electoral areas recognised by INEC upon which the election is expected to be conducted. Neither has our candidate been given a nomination form less than 48 hours to the election. Even if we get the nomination form, we do not have knowledge of polling units where the election is meant to hold.
"It is in the light of this consideration that we of SPN publicly dissociate ourselves from the May 12 poll because we believe it is going to be nothing other than a charade and its outcome a nullity. We however remain committed to promoting and defending the interest and aspiration of the working people of Oyo state nay Nigeria for a better society and decent quality of life."