National Sections of the L5I:

Nigeria

Boko Haram: the forgotton Islamic State

Last year Boko Haram declared the area under their control an Islamic state, part of the Iraqi Islamist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s global Caliphate. Read more...

Nigeria: cut in the fuel subsidy sparks general strike

 
Millions of people in Nigeria are taking action against their government for cutting fuel subsidies, writes Dave Stockton. But the movements leaders are proving to be hopeless
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Nigerian president hit by general strike

“The deal can be seen as a victory for the unions but not a total one,” said the BBC’s correspondent in Lagos about the recent general strike that rocked two month old Umaru Yar’Adua’s presidency. The four-day general strike started on 20 June and won widespread support throughout the country. Read more...

Nigeria: reject election farce

"We need a revolution like in Ukraine or the Philippines” was the call made by the opposition in the aftermath of the corrupt presidential elections last month. Read more...

Nigerian Elections: No vote for bosses’ parties!

Violence erupted in Nigeria around the council elections on 14th April. Now with the presidential elections coming next week amid allegations of corruption, the hoped for democratic breakthrough looks doubtful. Unfortunately, there is no one party standing that will defend the interests of the working class and challenge the power of capital. Here Keith Spencer and Luke Cooper analyse the elections and argue that, such were the working class struggles of recent years, there should have been a working class party for whom to vote – but this outcome has been sabotaged by the trade union bureaucracy. Read more...

General strike against Obasanjo

On 9 June, workers in Nigeria launched a three day general strike in protest against the governments 20 per cent hike in the price of oil to the equivalent of more than 20 pence a litre. The average income the equivalent of about 50p a day. Nigeria is the eighth biggest oil producer in the world and cheap fuel and kerosene for heating is the only benefit the mass of ordinary Nigerians receive from their natural wealth. Read more...

Nigerian workers need workers party

The continuing crisis in Nigeria, expressed in four general strikes in four years, has led the Nigeria Labour Congress to launch a Labour Party. This is an important organisational step as it gives the workers their own alternative to the ruling class parties such as Obansanjo’s People’s Democratic Party. Read more...

Nigeria: miltary rule and repression

Keith Spencer reviews “This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis.” by Karl Maier, Penguin Press pbk.
The aborted Miss World competition and the deaths of more than 200 people have reinforced in the West the idea that Nigeria is a land being ripped apart by religious and ethnic hatreds. Read more...