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
4 June 2017
DSM CONDEMNS THE ARBITRARY CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN (UI) AND THE SUSPENSION OF THE STUDENTS' UNION BY THE DESPOTIC PROF. OLAYINKA-LED MANAGEMENT
*Workers Unions (ASUU, NASU, NAAT & SSANU) and Parents must condemn administrative highhandedness and attacks on democratic rights of students
The Democratic Socialist Movement UI branch totally condemns the arbitrary closure of the university; forceful eviction of students from various halls of residence and the suspension of the students’ union activities by the administration. We demand the immediate and unconditional re-opening of the university and the reversal of the suspension order placed on the students’ union activities.
4 June 2017
Izquierda Revolucionaria and Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in Venezuela)
On 1 May, President Maduro announced the calling of a Constituent Assembly, “to achieve peace the Republic needs…. to defeat the fascist coup… so that it will be the people and their sovereignty which impose peace, harmony and real national dialogue.” This declaration comes in the context of a grave economic and social crisis, with inflation at over 700% (3,000% for food prices) and a clear erosion of numerous reforms and social conquests won in previous years. Poverty, which was reduced under Chavez, is growing spectacularly, leading to increased urban violence and insecurity. The right wing (united in the MUD) uses this situation in an opportunist and hypocritical way, but cannot offer any alternative to workers and the people. But the triumph of the counter-revolutionary right wing in Venezuela is today a very real possibility.
1 June 2017
A Revolutionary and Committed Working Class Fighter
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) joins other socialists, trade unionists, students and working class activists to celebrate Dr. Dipo Fashina on the occasion of his 70th birthday. We proudly celebrate Jingo as one of the best of his generation - a consistent revolutionary and working class fighter.
30 May 2017
A call for a Mass Working Peoples' Party
This May 29 marks the second anniversary of Muhammadu Buhari-led government. For the working people, the last two years have been a monumental disaster wrought by the anti-poor capitalist policies of the government. So what the masses have bitterly experienced in the last two years are rising prices of goods and services far above their purchasing power, increasingly high costs of living in a country where the masses have to largely provide for themselves the basic necessities (education, health, housing, water, electricity, etc.), job losses and worsening poverty.
29 May 2017
Anger will grow as well as the Search for Genuine Change
Socially, economically and politically, Nigeria is faring worse than two years ago. Every segment of the polity reeks of crises and instability. Responsible for this calamitous state of affairs is no other factor than the neo-liberal capitalist policies of the Buhari/APC administration as much as that of previous administrations. Apologists of the status quo a.k.a Buharists will not like this but truth, as they say, is concrete.
26 May 2017
Comrade Dagga Tolar (Segun Ajayi) has won re-election as Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Lagos State. Another three positions were won by candidates of the Teachers Light Mind (TLM) – the electoral platform upon which Dagga and other radical union activists contested. These are the positions of Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and First Examiner of account.
24 May 2017
DSM CALLS ON AFFECTED FARMERS TO CONTINUE STRUGGLE UNTIL VICTORY
THREAT TO STRIP OVER 100,000 PEASANTS OF THEIR SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) Northern Nigeria Chapter strongly condemns the attempt to strip over 100,000 peasants/small scale farmers of their source of livelihood by a Chinese company, known as Lee Group, with connivance of the Jigawa state government. According to a report published in the Daily Trust on 20 May, 2017, the State Government has completed a deal to transfer 12,000 hectares of land to this Chinese company to establish sugarcane plantations against the will of the affected communities.
22 May 2017
A Warning to the Working Class
The recent claim by Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the effect that he has received information that "some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons", given the unfolding power struggle around President Muhammadu Buhari's ill-health, holds a sinister meaning. In the context of a heightening power struggle within the capitalist ruling elite over how and who replaces President Buhari in the event his illness does not permit him to complete his tenure or re-contest for second term by 2019, could the military intervene again?
21 May 2017
Workers Angry Over Economic Hardship
Demand a New National Minimum Wage
This year's May Day was held amidst seething anger by workers who are among the hardest hit by the worst economic crisis in years. Many had come to May Day rallies with hope that they would go home with sweet news on a new minimum wage but left disappointed. The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had formally demanded a new minimum wage of N56, 000 before last year's May Day. Also the United Labour Congress (ULC) is demanding N96, 000. Sadly, almost a year later, apart from occasional hot air, the labour leadership has not demonstrated any iota of seriousness to fight for this demand. Hence the anger at some rallies. Here are reports from different May Day rallies across the country.
16 May 2017
Mass struggle underway in Awodi-Ora Community of Ajegunle, Lagos, against Crazy Bills and exploitation by EKEDC
An ongoing campaign against electricity exploitation and extortion by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) initiated by Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Ajegunle, on 5 April, 2017 has won wide support and generated mass struggle including mass meetings, community-wide agitations and a protest march.