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.
This article, written this summer, highlights the material
and human devastation provoked by the oil barons in Nigeria. They have sucked out
billions of dollars from the Niger Delta region without any benefit accruing to
the poor masses that inhabit the regions. That explains the violence and
constant conflict. It is an utter condemnation of the Nigerian bourgeoisie that
is totally incapable of solving any of the pressing problems facing the masses.