This article was first published in the October 2000 edition of the Nigerian Marxist journal, the Workers’ Alternative.
We think the analysis developed here by the Nigerian Marxists is still
valid, and that the development of the MDC in Zimbabwe is full of rich
lessons for the Nigerian and other labour movements. It shows that a
mass party based on the trade unions can be created, and can be very
successful - but also that this is not enough. To prevent the party
from being taken over by capitalist elements, it must be controlled by
the working class and have a socialist programme.
This article exposes the conditions of the workers at the farm owned by
Obasanjo, the ruler of Nigeria. Obasanjo is the "civilian" president of
Nigeria, who was in power in the past, but as a military dictator. He
is now in power as a so-called civilian.