Once again, just as
the general strike was starting to have an effect, the leaders of the Nigerian
trade unions called it off. The regime was on its knees, but it has survived
thanks to the unwillingness of the trade union leaders to go all the way. It
highlights the need for a genuine fighting leadership. The Marxists can play an
important role in building this.
The contradictions and tensions in
Nigerian society have exploded and the class struggle is back
firmly on the agenda. Nationwide strike action has been called to
battle government proposals to raise petrol prices, increase the
VAT, and sell two state-owned refineries. After two days of solid
support for the strike, the struggle continues.
Less than a month ago the present government of Nigeria was
brought into office on the basis of blatant and massive fraud in the elections.
We predicted it would be a weak regime with no real base in society. Faced with
a general strike this regime has already been forced to make concessions. But
it is only playing for time.