The recent elections in Nigeria were blatantly rigged, but
the nature of the official opposition – as corrupt as the clique in power –
means the masses have no clear point of reference to rally round. In this
situation the responsibility of the leaders of the labour movement is enormous.
If they gave a lead the masses would rally behind them and it would mean the
end of this regime and the beginning of the struggle for socialism.
For the first time in years there was one joint Mayday rally
of all the trade unions. The Marxists intervened successfully in spite of
attempts by the police to stop the distribution of material. Meanwhile the
petit bourgeois left are once again making the same mistakes as in the past by
mouthing the same slogans as the bourgeois “opposition”.
The recent elections in Nigeria
were blatantly rigged. The problem is that the official bourgeois oppositions
is incapable of doing anything about it. That is because they serve the same
interests. It is up to the working class to build its own party through the
trade unions and offer a genuine socialist way out of the present crisis.