A new, positive development in the struggle for a genuine multi-party
democracy in the country took place on Friday, 26th July, 2002, when the
Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, declared as unconstitutional,
illegal, null and void the guidelines used by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in the last...
Farewell OAU. Welcome the AU! With enormous fanfair, pomp and pageantry,
the African Union (AU), the new continental body being established by
African states, was launched in Durban, South Africa, on 15th July,
2002. The AU is replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the
regional group formed by the...
Cosatu’s announcement yesterday that it has lifted the suspension on the
anti-privatisation programme and will be calling a two-day general
strike on the 1st and 2nd October, is a direct
result of the impact of the Samwu strike. In effect Samwu has smashed
its fist through the paper...
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) calls on the Nigerian working
people, labour and youth organisations and activists to rise up to fight
the recent decision by the so-called Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to register only three new political parties out of
the 24 political parties which applied...
The Nigerian electoral commission (INEC) has refused recognition to the
National Conscience Party, the radical party led by Gani Fawehinmi. This
is an attempt to prevent it taking place in the coming round elections
for every position from the Local Governments up to the Presidency.
In a few weeks time, it will be three years since the military were
forced out of power. Looking back, it has been a period of pains and
pangs for most layers of the working masses. The period has been
dominated mostly by infernal socio-religious strife and violent wars.
Crime has assumed a more widespread and...
On the 31st of May, 2002, thirty-two countries will begin a competition
to determine who wins the World Cup, a trophy to determine the best
footballing nation in the world so to say. While Nigeria will be
adequately represented there as one of the five qualifiers from the
African continent, it is still searching for the...
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) wishes to express its profound
sympathy with thousands of Nigerians who lost relatives and properties
or sustained injuries as a result of the bomb explosions...
The indefinite general strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress
against the recent fuel price hike announced by the Obasanjo regime has
been suspended after two days. The reason given by the NLC leadership
was that this was because of the High Court ruling declaring the strike
illegal (see below). This strike was...
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) observes with great concern the
sharp increase in religious and ethnic sentiments and tension in Nigeria
in the aftermath of the 11th September terrorist attacks in the US and
the retaliatory military action by the US and Britain against