According to official figures Nigeria is booming, thanks mainly
to the sky-high price of oil. And yet poverty levels are increasing and the gap
between rich and poor has never been so high. There is a lot of talk of boom,
but more and more people are literally becoming hungry, some on the verge of
this year came after a series of rotten deals between the trade union leaders
and the bosses in many companies. That explains why the turn-out was not as
high as in previous years. In spite of this, the union leaders came under such
pressure that they have been forced to call a day of action for May 8.
Last year's elections
in Nigeria saw fraud on a scale never seen before. This has severely undermined
the authority of the government in the eyes of the masses, so much so that the
judiciary are now overturning some of the results. This has led to illusions
that the judiciary is now a friend of democracy and even "revolutionary".
Nothing could be further from the truth.