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8 August 2018
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the siege mounted in the early hours on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the National Assembly Complex. The entire circumstances that surrounded and characterized the undemocratic incident at the NASS complex are reminiscent of the similar police blockade of the National Assembly in 2014 under the previous PDP administration. This has confirmed the fact that no section of the capitalist politicians is different when it comes to the use of state security/repressive apparatuses to subvert the will of the people and suppression of the opposition, especially in desperation to either hold on to power or consolidate it.
Therefore, the SPN urges the Nigeria working people not to be sympathetic to any section of the thieving elites in conflict or fall prey to their antics knowing fully well that they will always united in their attacks against the wellbeing and social welfare of the masses. Instead, the entire working masses must be united to condemn and reject any attempt to use the instruments of coercion to subvert the democratic process. But this has to be linked with the struggle for the enthronement of a genuine working class democracy that will always be representative of the interest and aspiration of the working people across in the country.
It should be recalled that since the commencement of this current civil rule in 1999 the Nigeria working masses, despite being the major actors in the struggle that led to the current seemingly democratic process, have never fundamentally benefited from any socially and economically known dividends of the so called democracy, in terms of workers' welfare, affordable education and healthcare, housing and electricity. This is not the case for the various sections of the thieving ruling elites who often feed fat from the public resources and force, preside and drive various anti-poor capitalist policies that often make the living condition of the working people to go from bad to worse.
As a matter of fact it is the ongoing fights and struggle among the capitalist ruling elites over strategic positioning that will guarantee their access to loot the public treasury is being reflected in the recent acrimonious defection among capitalist politicians from one bourgeois political party to another that culminated in the siege laid on the NASS by the DSS. These conflicts are driven by self-serving interests of the individual politicians and the small capitalist class. They have nothing to do with improving economic conditions of the Nigerian people, and end the galloping unemployment that is ravaging the country. Therefore, none of the players in this political kabuki is worth the sympathy of the masses, as they all constitute formidable threat to the prosperity of this country and aspiration of the average man for a decent living standard. Hence, the masses should not in any way support any of the warring factions of the capitalist ruling elite.
It is in the light of this, we of the SPN strongly feel that a call on the working masses to resist any attempt to return this county to the dark ages of military subversion of democratic institutions and processes. This resistance must be organically linked to the task of the working masses to salvage this wobbling and failing pro-rich dictatorial capitalist democracy, and enthrone a government and politics that are genuinely representative of their interest.
Therefore, we call the working masses to exercise their will on the democratic process by supporting and electing a party with clear policies and manifestoes that put the needs of the masses and entire society first as the basis of governance, production and distribution of wealth. This is achievable if the working masses join and build the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) as a pan Nigeria political party to challenge and defeat the anti-masses political establishments, break with capitalism and set the country towards prosperity and development that meets the needs of all.