The struggles of the working class and the rest of the impoverished masses have finally spread from Wall Street, Tahrir Square, Syntagma square, Porto del Sol, Misrata, Sanaa, Homs, Santiago, La Paz etc to Lagos and Abuja.
The fight in
Except for the islands and small pockets where the elite of Shell and Chevron and the Nigerian capitalist class live, the rest of the country is a virtual slum. The only ‘benefit’ that the masses had up to now has been subsidized fuel. The regime of Jonathan wants to end this subsidy.
Further north, the unelected
TNC (Transitional National Council) is trying to disarm the militias and the
masses in general- a move hailed by all the capitalist forces. Yet in the
The root cause of the attacks on the Nigerian masses- the crisis of imperialism and of US imperialism in particular
Sixty percent of
The 2012 Nigerian budget
allocates 20% for ‘security’ while only 0.5% for land and housing. This shows
the cutting of the oil subsidy has nothing to do with building adequate housing
for the masses. The supposed planned ‘infrastructure’ from the $7 billion
‘saving’ is about building a mechanism to more efficiently exploit the wealth
In China, South Africa and
elsewhere the imperialists are setting up trillion dollar infrastructure
projects, such as coal and nuclear power stations, new airports, shopping
malls, etc. Solar and wind power, once set up, have very low running costs, but
these are rejected because they do not provide ongoing sources of profit.
Hydropower from the DRC could provide 200 000MW, ie
enough to double the electricity capacity of the entire
For decades the imperialists
Through ECOWAS, the Nigerian
regime helps imperialism put down the masses in
In essence the Nigerian regime is a glorified security guard for imperialist plunder of the masses in the country and in the region. They have to go.
A draft Programme for the Nigerian revolution
1. The first step is to set up committees of action centred on delegates from the workers in the oil industry. Action committees of workers and unemployed should be set up in the cities and rural areas. Efforts should be made to draw in the rank and file soldiers into the action committees. The action committees should spearhead the action of the masses such as the general strike which starts on the 9th Jan 2012. Although middle class joining the fight against the regime should be welcomed, a careful eye should be kept on them to ensure they do not dominate the struggle.
2. Due to the role of the state in suppressing past attempts at general strikes, it is important that committees of self-defence are set up as part of the action committees. Whichever soldiers are won to the cause should assist with the training of the masses in the use of arms for self-defence against the attacks of the state.
3. Watch out for the trade union leaders who want to limit the fight to an economic one, ie just to reduce the price of fuel or to make a compromise with the regime. These trade union leaders are calling the strike only to remain in control of the mass action. What is needed is to start with a reverse in the price increase and for the struggle to be extended to the total removal of the Jonathan regime.
For sure, many capitalist ‘opposition’ are lining up to take over the struggle for them to replace Jonathan in positions of privilege. This must not be allowed- they merely want to become the new chief security guards for Chevron and Shell.
What is needed is a workers’ council of delegates of the action committees, locally, regionally and nationally. Preparations should be made for the setting up of a revolutionary workers’ government based on councils of the action committees of the strike.
The strike should be transformed from a stayaway into occupation and a takeover by the workers and the communities of the oil installations and other capitalist factories, farms and banks. The trade union leaders of the strike protect the bosses through the stayaway, a tradition that comes from Stalinism, which keeps the fighting working class away from taking over the means of production (factories, farms, mines, banks etc).
4. Expropriate the multinationals and the local capitalists, without compensation, place these companies and farms under workers control. The first step must be the setting up of factory committees with delegates of all workers, be they casual or permanent, local or immigrant. It is only a workers government that can implement these demands. It is only through expropriation of the commanding heights which includes the banks, that the masses will achieve housing and jobs for all.
5. Nationalise the land, expropriate the capitalist farms, place them under workers control through the setting up of model collective farms; cheap credit and assistance to the small farmer while encouraging them to join the collectives.
6. For workers in the
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